Back in 2012 an ‘artist’ decided to turn his dead pet cat into a quadcopter – and the results are not pretty. The story has been back in the spotlight recently and resurfaced recently on TheDodo, due to the announcement of a new project he’s working on.
In life, Orville was artist Bart Jansen’s pet cat. In death, he was his claim to fame. And now, three years after unveiling the “Orvillecopter,” Jansen is working on a new Frankensteinian creation: the “Mancopter.”
Jansen first prompted “global outrage,” as the Los Angeles Times called it, in 2012, when he turned his pet cat Orville, named after one of the famous Wright brothers, into a functioning drone.
Orville’s body spent about 6 months in a freezer while Jansen searched for a willing drone engineer. Once he found his guy, Arjen Beltman, they divvied up the work. Jansen made the puppet out of his former pet and Beltman did the electronics.
Placing one plastic propellor on each of Orville’s taxidermied paws was certainly a morbid way to mourn a pet cat who, like millions of animals each week, lost his life after being struck by a car.
Despite death threats and being called “the worst person in the country,” Jansen didn’t stop there.
Since the “Orvillecopter,” Jansen has continued to produce more animal-vehicle hybrids such as the “Ratcopter,” the “Sharkjet” and even the “Ostrichcopter,” made from the body of an ostrich who had died at a nearby zoo. In fact, the entire body of work from Jansen and Beltman’s “Copter Company” is based around taxidermied animals and experiments with flight technology.