Alleged artist turns dead cat into helicopter

The Orvillecopter takes flight. Image taken from a YouTube video.

The Orvillecopter takes flight. Image taken from a YouTube video.

The death of a pet can really take the wind out of your sails.

For Dutch artist Bart Jansen, the death of his beloved cat was no different.

Seeking a dignified means of honoring his pet, Orville, named after the elder Wright brother, Jansen decided to have him stuffed and miniature helicopter rotors inserted into his outstretched paws.

He calls the flying, remote controlled art piece the “Orvillecopter,” reports the Daily Mail.

Daily flights of fancy feast are on display at an art show in Amsterdam.

“After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously,” said Jansen.

In a related story, domesticated Dutch animals are accepting donations in hopes of inserting a Soyuz rocket into the posterior of an alleged artist.

Read the complete story @ The Daily Mail.

37 comments Add your comment


June 4th, 2012
1:36 pm

lol…alrighty then!


June 4th, 2012
1:41 pm

What? No pictures?

George Mathis

June 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

Unfortunately, I can only use Associated Press pictures and this was covered by Reuters. The links in the story will take you to images.


June 4th, 2012
1:48 pm

That’s the best use of a cat I’ve ever heard.


June 4th, 2012
2:00 pm

What a sick, untalented, miserable person. His must not have gotten enough attention as a child.


June 4th, 2012
2:22 pm

how is this ‘dignified’? and a way of ‘honoring’ his pet?

and this pet was ‘beloved’?

he wants money and attention; pretty sickening.

Bob in Sandy Springs

June 4th, 2012
2:28 pm

That’s just wrong on so many different levels.


June 4th, 2012
2:34 pm

Hey George,

you reveal a lot about yourself for considering this humor.

I will never read another word you write.

George Mathis

June 4th, 2012
2:42 pm

I found the art to be offensive as well, which you might glean from the final sentence of the blog, but I guess you didn’t read that far.


June 4th, 2012
2:43 pm

This is horrible.


June 4th, 2012
2:46 pm

that is AWESOME! Flying sharks which shoot lazers out of their eyes are obviously the next step.


June 4th, 2012
2:57 pm

I love my German Shephard Lady Justice but I be damn if I turn her into anything but dust after she dies. Her dust will be sittine next to the ashes of my late Rotty Lady


June 4th, 2012
3:11 pm

What a miserable, untalented JACKA$$.


June 4th, 2012
3:19 pm

Leave it to the Dutch… who else could come up with something like this…?


June 4th, 2012
3:21 pm

You HAVE TO read all the way to the end!

Atlanta Native and Journalist

June 4th, 2012
3:22 pm

So the AJC has now resorted to the low-life exploitation journalism level of the Daily Mail? With all the other truly newsworthy or helpful or hopeful items you might possibly cover you choose this disgusting garbage? This doesn’t just reflect on the subject of the article, but on the lack of editorial decency of the AJC.


June 4th, 2012
3:41 pm

This explains why drugs are legal in Amsterdam! What a wacko!

jake's mom

June 4th, 2012
3:42 pm



June 4th, 2012
3:42 pm

This is absolutely disgusting! I lost my cat yesterday and this is really making me sick.


June 4th, 2012
3:48 pm

lol, that is hilarious.

ATL Pit Bull Fighter

June 4th, 2012
3:50 pm

where’s PETA now?

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June 4th, 2012
4:10 pm


In all seriousness, who cares? Not like he sped along the process of turning his cat into a helicopter. Excellent use of resources I’d say. Better than a stupid mantle piece…or new rose garden.


June 4th, 2012
4:14 pm

reading all the way to the end just makes it worse.

About News To Me with George Mathis
Informative and entertaining breaking news humor from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

informative = fail
entertaining = fail
humor = fail

you have to be able to do a better job.


June 4th, 2012
4:15 pm

I don’t care much for cats, but this isn’t funny, it’s sick. The editors at the AJC need to do some soul searching. I’ve seen too much cruelty to animals for one to be mocked like this.


June 4th, 2012
4:16 pm

Agree with Catmandu!! I find people’s outrage over this comical. I find it bizarre. But’s a DEAD cat, people. It’s not like he hurt the animal while doing this. So I think calling him a jacka$$ over it is a bit extreme. Yes, he’s not being respectful of his dead cat but like the guy above me commented..who cares??


June 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

‘Unfortunately, I can only use Associated Press pictures and this was covered by Reuters.’

poor George, you couldn’t use the real disturbing images to make your dumb joke even better?

no one is buying that you find this ‘offense as well’.


June 4th, 2012
4:37 pm

I have no love for cats at all, but for the AJC to “report” this, and to display a picture, is an aberration.

Mountain Man

June 4th, 2012
4:48 pm

Up here in the foothills of Appalachia, if you don’t get the dead cat out of the road in time, they become ’sail kitties.’ On days when the asphalt is too hot to walk to Wal-Mart, a ’sail kitty’ is just as good as a Frisbee.

Of course there is a more than adequate supply of ’sail possums’ up here in Talking Rock.

230gr Full Metal Jacket

June 4th, 2012
5:40 pm

That is just plain wrong on so many levels, I don’t even know where to start. That is art???????


June 4th, 2012
5:41 pm

Thats just disgusting…it’s soooo wrong on many levels……creepy man.


June 4th, 2012
5:45 pm

Its even more disgusting, wrong, and creepy that the AJC finds and prints this stuff.


June 4th, 2012
6:55 pm

A lot of you really should consider surgery to remove that stick from your rectum. And LOL @ the “torture” comparison; you can’t torture something that’s already dead, AFAIK.


June 4th, 2012
7:04 pm

Looked at the DM pics, and this is just disturbing on soooooooo many levels, not the least of which, open eyed?


June 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

sick, insensitive, and in very poor taste. Shame on you, George!


June 4th, 2012
7:27 pm

I thought this was pretty funny… but then I clicked on the link, saw the pictures and then started crying I was laughing so hard. Good find George. Don’t listen to all the uptight people who clearly don’t spend enough time on the interwebz to appreciate good cat humor. Keep up the good work.


June 5th, 2012
7:03 pm

Bizarre, disturbing, borderline sick.

If this had happened in the U.S. Mr. Jansen probably could’ve gotten a federal National Endowment for the Arts grant for his flying Orvillecopter project.