Bart Jansen had two cats, named Orville and Wilbur, after the famous flying Wright brothers of Kitty Hawk. When dear Orville passed away, the visual artist and designer created a new kind of Kitty Hawk.
The Orvillecopter is a quadrocopter with Orville's skin stretched over it. Orville was killed by a car, Jansen mourned, and then he went about concocting a tribute.
I have mixed feelings about this unusual project. I have three cats of my own that have moonlighted as CNET technology testers. The techie side of me admires the ingenuity. The cat lover in is saddened by the sight of Orville splayed out in his new form.
As Jansen says in his video description, the cat hide is really pretty much the same as a piece of leather from a cow. It's just that we have so much emotional investment in our pets.
Orville will never be consigned to anything so mundane as merely pushing up the daisies. He's now taking flight, sharing the sky with the birdies he was so fond of watching. It's a strange tribute, but perhaps not an entirely inappropriate one.
The video below shows the Orvillecopter in action, taking the former cat into places and spaces previously reserved for the birds.