Artist Turns Dead Cat Into Helicopter
When a pet passes away, it can be hard to say goodbye. It can take awhile to cope with the loss. When any of my pets passed away, my parents would bury them and we’d hold a small ceremony to honor them. Well, dutch artist, Bart Jansen honored his dead cat in a whole different way!
After Jansen’s cat Orville (Rightly named after Orville Wright) was hit and killed by a car, he was turned into a toy helicopter! Jansen explains this was his way of paying tribute to his dear pet.
The process started with a little taxidermy. Orville was stuffed so that he’d stay in a certain position – arms and legs extended far out. Then, Jansen made the full transformation by placing the wheels in his belly and the propellers on his two front paws.
According to Jansen, Orville is now 'half cat, half machine." He has plans to make more powerful engines so Orville can fly even higher!
Although Jansen may be satisfied with his decision, many people are upset with Jansen’s way of memorializing his dead cat. Some online comments read:
“This is horrible. I feel disgusted. I cant bear to look. I love animals and I have a cat as well. I don't understand you he couldn't give the poor guy a decent burial. I feel so saddened.” -Sherry, Nottinghm UK
“I worry that the notoriety from this will inspire some to engage in cruelty toward cats.” - Pauline, Washington, DC, 06/6/2012 05:02
"I find it sick. The man is demented. He needs psychiatric help." - Vickie, Louisville, USA
Others don’t understand WHY he chose to pay tribute to his cat this way, but, they ask - if it makes him happy, then what’s the harm? The cat was already dead, after all!.
“I don't understand this. I am not particularly appalled, disgusted, or otherwise put off, but I am left wondering how one goes from dead cat to hairy helicopter. I suppose both are incredibly difficult to control... Still, if it makes him happy, good for him.”- Ken, Salisbury, NC, USA
“I am on the fence about this. Its borderline creepy but also an interesting way to pay tribute to his pet.”-una, usa
Some people just enjoyed looking at these photos in awe, which lends to some humorous comments:
“Is it a Bird? is it Plane? no it's......SUPERCAT!!! *cue superman theme but with various cats meowing it instead of instruments playing*"- Stuart, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
"It would be interesting to see how birds feel about a flying cat chasing them about!"- Robert, Stl, MO, USA
Despite all the negative/confused responses to his choice, Jansen sticks by his decision to make Orville a flying artifact. In fact, he believes it helps Orville reach his ultimate goal – flying with the birds!