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Artist Turns His Deceased Cat Into a Helicopter

Artist Turns His Deceased Cat Into a Helicopter

After his cat Orville was killed in a car accident, Dutch artist Bart Jansen kept his deceased pet in a freezer for about a half a year. Then he had him stuffed, attached propellers to each of Orville’s four paws and put a remote control engine into his stomach, turning him into a … helicopter.   Jansen is exhibiting “Orvillecopter” at Amsterdam’s KunstRai, the city’s annual show — and generating controversy worldwide. In a description accompanying a a YouTube video of “Orvillecopter,” Jansen wrote that “he is flying with the birds…. the greatest goal a cat could ever reach!”

The video has been widely viewed and more than a little criticism of Jansen has surfaced, notes the Los Angeles Times. Anonymous animal rights activists graffitied the RAI Convention Center with phrases such as “Kill the animal killers” and “Shame.” The Dutch Party for the Animals, whose platform emphasizes animal rights, is sending a letter of complaint to the festival and to the RAI Convention Center.

Others have expressed amusement. German publication Der Spiegel quotes a commenter “Devilchris86″ who writes: “HAHAHA, I can’t stop laughing! That’s hilarious!”

But as Johnas van Lammeren, a Party for the Animals leader, is quoted in the Dutch publication Parool.nl: ”If you can do this with an animal now, what will you do tomorrow?”

Jansen seems to have anticipated his critics. On his website, he says that Orville was “named after the famous aviator Orville Wright” and that “for the cat lovers: it’s a tanned hide, just like the shoes you’re wearing.” German publication Der Spiegel singles out another of Jansen’s works, the “Ku Klux Klock,” a cuckoo clock with a small hooded Ku Klux Klan figure (with a rifle) popping out on the hour instead of a bird; the clock is decorated with miniature cannons, stars and strips reminiscent of the Confederate flag and the letters “KKK.” Another work, “Rex Propria Manu Operandi,” depicts a man bound onto a large wooden cross onto which he is drilling his own left hand.

Clearly, Jansen is not shy of courting controversy.

But the ”Ku Klux Klock” is a sculpture (so to speak) and “Rex Propria Manu Operandi” is a painting, whereas “Orvillecopter” is made from the body of a real animal. Has this artist — like a German artist who planned to strangle puppies as part of a performance — simply gone too far with his latest creation?

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10:30AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

That man is not an artist, he's a freaking crazy, even animals deserve respect after death.

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I imagine the Tortie cat photo was substituted in lieu of a real photo of the deceased tabby because Care2 is not willing to upset people with an actual photo of the..."exhibit."

This just beyond weird and not a fitting tribute to his cat who had been stuffed in a freezer for well over a year until the man found an "artistic" use for Orville.

If one of his parents or other members of his family died he likely would not exhibit their bodies at an art exhibit nor would want his own corpse on display as an exhibit after passing on. Perhaps the neighbourhood cats can come up with a few preparatory sketches...

Under the law in most countries treating a human body with disrespect would result in arrest and jail time.

The Care2 photo looks like my cat but any cat would likely find this type of memorial disrespectful. Cats don't like to be mocked.

Not exactly the Rainbow Bridge style tribute that many are accustomed to seeing. Just too bizarre!

9:45AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

What a disgusting act in the name of "art"! How can you do this to a former beloved pet??

12:17PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Reinhard B.:
Sie haben vollkommen Recht; der Mann is total verrückt!
You're quite right; the man is totally insane!
Vous avez tout à fait droit; l'homme est totalement fou!
U heeft helemaal gelijk; de man is volledig krankzinnig!

6:01AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

"Die Größe eines Volkes und seine moralischen Fortschritte können daran gemessen werden, wie es seine Tiere behandelt."

Those who are cruel to animals cannot be righteous human beings.

Wer gegen Tiere grausam ist, kann kein guter Mensch sein.

5:12PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Obviously the guy can't draw. BTW, is he planning on doing it to himself when he thoughtfully removes himself from this earth.

2:50AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

thanks for sharing

11:14PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Hardly "art"! This is disgusting and extremely disrespectful to all animals. What's next, his kids or his Mother?

3:20AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

very strange!

8:54AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Wow, this guy doesn't want to let go of his cat. I'd say, please buy another one and let the old one go. You will grow to love your new family member and he/she will grow to love you in return.

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