Dead Cat Turned Into Helicopter for Amsterdam Art Festival
Talk about breathing new life into art.
Jansen had a taxidermist stuff his cat and then worked with radio control helicopter expert Arjen Beltman to attach propellers to each of its paws, essentially turning the animal into a remote-controlled helicopter.
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Appropriately, the cat was named Orville after the Wright brother, the pioneering aviator.
Jansen said his creation, "Orvillecopter," is part of a visual art project to pay tribute to his pet and called it "half cat, half machine."
"After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously," he said.
A YouTube video shows the flying feline in a test run, hovering several feet in the air in a park.
However, currently the Orvillecopter does not fly perfectly, a glitch that Jansen aims to fix soon.
"He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday," Jansen said. "So this hopping will soon change into steady flight."