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Orvillecopter takes flight: Cat run over by car gets extra life… as a remote-controlled helicopter

Zoran Bozicevic Jun 4, 2012 – 11:46 AM ET | Last Updated: Jun 4, 2012 12:05 PM ET

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The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen ® flies in central Amsterdam as part of the KunstRAI art festival June 3, 2012

A cat, a helicopter, or a piece of art? The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen is all of that!

Jansen’s beloved pet cat Orville – named after pioneering aviator Orville Wright – is following in the steps of its namesake. When the cat was killed by a car, Jansen turned it into a helicopter.

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Dutch artist Bart Jansen looks at the Orvillecopter during the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam.

“After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously,” Jansen told Sky News. It is now ‘half cat, half machine’, and part of a visual art project to pay tribute to his pet. He calls it “Orvillecopter,” and it’s on show at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.

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The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen (back L) flies in a gallery as part of the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam.

The Orvillecopter currently can’t keep its altitude, a problem Jansen has promised to fix.

“He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday. So this hopping will soon change into steady flight,” he added.

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The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen (L) is being prepared before flying it in a gallery as part of the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam.

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The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen flies in a gallery during the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam.

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