Artist turns deceased cat into helicopter

June 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 4 (UPI) -- A Dutch artist said he decided to pay tribute to his departed cat by turning the departed feline's taxidermied remains into a working helicopter.

Bart Jansen said his cat, Orville, was named after legendary aviator Orville Wright and the feline's namesake helped inspire him to transform the stuffed remains into a radio-controlled helicopter with the help of RC expert Arjen Beltman, The Mirror, Britain, reported Monday.

Jansen said the "Orvillecopter," which is being displayed at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam, is a tribute to his beloved pet.

"After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously," he said.

The artist said his "half cat, half machine" creation will soon be "flying with the birds."

"He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday. So this hopping will soon change into steady flight," Jansen said.

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