What is an Orvillecopter? Dutch artist Bart Jansen describes his creation as “half-cat, half-machine”.
It’s half creepy, and half funny.
Bart Jansen is a normal-looking, 30-something artist. He has kids, and fits solar-panels for a living. But in 2012, when his cat Orville got hit by a car, everything changed.
Jansen decided it would be a shame to simply bury his beloved cat, so he drew inspiration from his pet’s namesake — Orville Wright, one of the Wright Brothers, the inventors of heavier-than-air flight.
Mr. Jansen said after a period of mourning he had Orville stuffed, and decided to pay tribute to Orville with an art project. He created the Orvillecopter.
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).
Orvillecopter, on display at museum
Arjen Beltman, a drone pilot, got involved.
Orvillecopter with Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman
In 2012, the Orvillecopter was at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital.
The response was huge. It was covered everywhere from Mail Online to Forbes to the Los Angeles Times. The unconventional drone caused “global outrage” after footage of it went viral. Not sure if this is just too freaky, or just let Orville fly. What do you think?