Artist Pays Tribute to Dead Pet Cat by Turning Him Into Flying MachineS

After his beloved cat Orville was tragically run over by a car, Dutch artist Bart Jansen thought long and hard how to honor his late feline's memory. And then it hit him: Turn his taxidermied corpse into a helicopter.

After all, Orville was named after Orville Wright, so it only made sense to pay homage to the pet by having RC helicopter enthusiast Arjen Beltman attach propellers to his cold, dead paws.

Jansen dubbed the finished piece "The Orvillecopter," and unveiled it at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam, where it is currently on display.

The cat-copter doesn't quite fly right, but Jansen hopes upcoming modifications will smooth out the ride.

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

[screengrab via YouTube]