Quick! To the Orvillecopter! We all mourn and honor our deceased loved ones in different ways. Creating a taxidermied aircraft is not one of the first things I would have done with my dead cat.
The cat helicopter was conceived by Dutch artist Bart Jansen, and debuted for the public at the KunstRai ArtFair in Amsterdam that ended Sunday. Jansen calls his creation the Orvillecopter and describes it as “half-cat, half-machine.”
The Orvillecopter is exactly what it looks like: A taxidermied cat with a plastic propeller attached to each paw. No animals were harmed for this project. The cat, who was conveniently named Orville, belonged to Jansen and died after he was hit by a car.
The artist says he did observe a period of mourning before turning his dead cat into a flying machine, but he clearly thinks he’s done Orville a favor by giving him flight after death.
“Now he is flying with the birds,” he writes. “The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!”
I hope the tail doesn’t break off if he crashes.