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Bart Jansen turns dead cat into flying 'cat-copter'

6:59 PM, Jun 5, 2012   |    comments
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By Jeanne Moos

(CNN) - A dead cat flies.

Sounds crazy, right?

But a dead cat is flying into the pages of art history.

Lift off for the cat-copter, a remote-controlled helicopter made out of a dead cat. No wonder jaws drop.

But the cat's owner, Dutch artist Bart Jansen, considers this a tribute.

"I really love this cat and for me this is a way to actually make him eternal," said Jansen.

His name was Orville. He and his brother, Wilbur, were named after the Wright brothers.

So when Orville got hit by a car last year, Jansen turned him into art to be exhibited in a Dutch museum.

"Since he was already named after a famous aviator it became clear he just need to fly," said Jansen.

He had Orville taxidermied and put on an ultra-lightweight casing. Half cat, half machine. Jansen calls it the Orvillecopter.

His brother Wilbur doesn't seem to know what to make of this reincarnation of Orville.

Jansen says Orville used to lie on the doormat watching pigeons. Now he's finally flying with the birds, the greatest goal a cat could ever reach.

But to PETA, "it's a macabre way to honor a beloved family member."

But many of the comments online are beyond catty, saying Jansen is not an artist, he's a sadist.

The artist is willing to part with his flying pet, but he hasn't yet put a price on Orvillecopter.

CNN

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