Orville, named after the famous aviator Orville Wright, was turned into a helicopter by his owner, artist Bert Jensen, after being run over by a car. According to Jensen he wanted to pay tribute to his feline friend. ‘After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously.’ Jensen told media.
Jensen, who is a member of the art cooperative General Pardon, first stuffed Orville then enlisted the help of Arjen Beltman, a radio helicopter flier who built the machine that makes the feline fly. Aptly, Orville has been renamed the Orvillecopter.
Now, half machine half cat, Jensen talked to media about his beloved pet’s “flying with the birds.”
‘Oh how he loved birds. He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday. So this hopping will soon change into steady flight.’