Thursday, June 7, 2012

In the name of art: dead flying feline causes global outrage and curiousity


                   Good Day Humboldt County!

I’ve heard it said that art is in the eye of the beholder. Artists are constantly exploring new avenues of expression using materials from the world around us.

I’ve seen some pretty crazy things done in the name of art, but a remote-controlled dead cat takes the honor of being the most bizarre piece of art I’ve ever witnessed.

  “A Dutch artist, upset over losing his beloved pet, Orville, had the animal stuffed and transformed its body into a remote-controlled helicopter, according to a Sky News report

A video posted to YouTube shows the flying feline slowly hover several feet in the air in a park, its body permanently spread eagle with propellers on its front paws. Artist Bart Jansen teamed up with radio control helicopter expert Arjen Beltman (photo above) after having a taxidermist preserve the pussy cat, Reuters reported.

The bizarre creation was then unveiled at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam. The Orvillecopter doesn’t fly quite right, however, a glitch Jansen hopes to fix. “He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday,” Jansen said, adding that he hoped the upgrades will allow for a more “steady flight.”

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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