Bart Jansen was the focus of media controversy a few years back after images emerged online of his bizarrely morbid creation: a dead cat stretched across a remote-control helicopter.
Enlisting the help of Arjen Beltman, a long-term friend and technical engineer, the Dutch artist is now reportedly working on a "mancopter," which he explains in an interview with Business Insider, as a one-person helicopter in the shape of an animal, preferably a cow. He said:
"A cow could fit a person. So a cow is one of the options. That means we’d be using a cow indeed. Or any other animal we can lay our hands on that fits a person"
Jansen created the cat quadcopter following the death of his beloved pet Orville, who was hit by a car back in 2012.
He decided to commemorate his cat while drawing inspiration from the animal's namesake – Orville Wright, co-inventor of the world's first successful airplane.
According to reports, Jansen stored Orville's body in the freezer for six months before taking him to a reputable taxidermist who helped stuff the belated cat.
Beltman helped Jansen mount propellers to all four legs and installed a remote control engine in the cat's stomach, before exhibiting the offbeat drone, known as Orvillcopter, at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.
The Los Angeles Times claimed the invention caused "global outrage" after footage went viral, but the media traction was enough for Jansen, who subsequently went on to create Copter Company, a company that produces a wide range of taxidermy animal drones.
In 2013, they managed to obtain a recently-deceased ostrich from a local farm.
As Jansen and Beltman explain, the world's first flying ostrich is very much "deployable" as a drone to keep a close eye on "untrustworthy wildebeests" over the vast African Savanna.
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