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Monday 22 December  
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Helicopter cat admired and reviled

Published on : 6 June 2012 - 9:17am | By Peter Hooghiemstra (Photo: Bart Jansen)
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Orville the Cat may not have nine lives, but he's got at least two. His owner, Dutch artist Bart Jansen had Orville stuffed after he died and turned the animal's body into a remote-controlled helicopter.

The work of art, which he calls the Orvillecopter, has aroused a lot of interest internationally, pushing up the asking price from 12,500 to 100,000 euros.

Model aircraft 
Orville died when was run over by a car last year. After a period of mourning for his beloved pet, Jansen decided to turn him into an art object. Orville's four legs were splayed out and fitted with props. A model aircraft expert was called in to help realise the helicopterness of the cat.

The Orvillecopter was premiered at the Amsterdam KunstRAI art fair on Sunday. Predictably, it provoked a wave of reactions ranging from "charming" to "tasteless" and "scary". The Animal Rights Party (PvdD) has condemned the idea outright.

Fitting tribute 
Meanwhile, the late Orville is making headlines in the US and in Australia.

Bart Jansen says the Orvillecopter is a fitting tribute to his cat. Orville was named after US manned flight pioneer Orville Wright.




Anonymous 7 June 2012 - 8:06pm / Canada

This loving owner and artist should have his face shoved in a box of kitty litter...I hope Orville has hexed him!!!

jasmin 7 June 2012 - 2:57pm

Very disrespectful and should treat the dead with respect...

Natasha 7 June 2012 - 2:05pm / Netherlands

Respect for animals while we collectively kill them for meat and our personal use. Hypocrisy at its best.

Anonymous 7 June 2012 - 2:46am / Canada

Sorry, Mr. Janson, but no: this isn't funny. I realize the little critter is dead, but somehow I can't imagine playing around with the body of a creature I once loved dearly and who connected with me on a trusting level. Let's have a little more respect for our furry friends, shall we?

Vera Gottlieb 6 June 2012 - 6:47pm / Germany

Rather tasteless.

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