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Catcopter: Dutch artist turns his dead cat into a helicopter – video

The Dutch artist Bart Jansen makes his dead cat Orville fly, after having him stuffed and mounting propellers to his legs. World’s first flying Cat.

The ‘Orvillecopter’ is exhibited at Amsterdam’s KunstRai, the city’s annual art show.

Orville died when he was run over by a car. He will receive more powerful engines for the Hague expo later this summer

Jansen said the Orvillecopter is ‘half cat, half machine’, and part of a visual art project to pay tribute to his cat Orville.

Jansen, part of the art cooperative Generaal Pardon, said: ‘After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously.’

He added that Orville will soon be ‘flying with the birds’ stating: ‘Oh how he loved birds. He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday. So this hopping will soon change into steady flight.’

Bad taste? Bad art?  Good art?  Art?

The LA Times reports:

“Even though artist Bart Jansen loved his cat when it was still alive and cared so much for it that he turned it into art after it was run over by a car, people declare him the worst person in the country,” said festival organizer Liesbeth Hemelrijk in an email to the Los AngelesTimes.

Party for the Animals leader Johnas van Lammeren told the Dutch publication Parool.nl that he worries that Jansen’s cat-copter could lead to even more disturbing works. “If you can do this with an animal now, what will you do tomorrow? Even more tricks with an animal in the name of art?”

According to his web site:

My paintings and installations are mostly about the bycatch of human activity and the race for technological progress in combination with the human error that surrounds this progress.
My work highlights situations that show the skewed balance between what we want and what we actually get, when we try to achieve that goal.
My installations are mostly inventions, new machines. Devices that fulfill meaningless functions. One condition goes: they must work. Like any other invention they’re about the automation of processes in order to ease the living of mankind. My devices do exactly that, they automate a certain function. The difference is that the need for these specific functions is questionable.

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