The campaign to buy Detroit a Robocop statue, seemingly halted last week by Mayor Dave Bing's lack of enthusiasm for the idea, has finally prevailed, thanks to modern society's greatest force: the benevolence of Internet strangers.
Robocop's supporters created a page on the fundraising site Kickstarter, with a goal of $50,000 dollars. They've now surpassed that amount, thanks in large part to a $25,000 contribution from businessman Pete Hottelet at Omni Consumer Products. Robocop fans may know OCP as the evil megacorporation from the films, but this OCP is real, and manufactures licensed versions of fictional products from entertainment, such as Tru Blood and Stay Puft Marshmallows.
According to the Kickstarter page, the 7-foot iron statue will be designed by Casey V. Westbrook. Imagination Station in Detroit has offered a piece of its property on Roosevelt Park to be Robocop's new home, where he can look over Detroit for all time.
Finally! A reason to visit Detroit!
is there a timeline set for when we might be able to go see the statue?
I hope it makes no mention of RoboCop being fictional. Just plays it straight.
yay noe in a few thousand years whatever cicilization arises from the destruction of ours will discover and restore a copy of robocop and later find this statue and decide that we must have made a huge jump in cybernetics and robotics and had a robot protector in detroit that somehow got destroyed so thoroughly there was nothing left to use for a monument so a statue was erected from scratch and a movie made after. But for the film they would wonder why we didn't make more.
that is great news. glad to hear it. Science Fiction has seen better days. good to know some out there still try to keep it alive. you know. with the SyFy channel having all but killed science fiction. off topic but stargate universive gets canceled and FRINGE gets a 4th season. Caprica gets canceled but Sanctuary gets renewed??? any way. go robcop. I will never forget. I was bout 9 years old when I first saw robocop shoot that mans penis off. right through that women dress. now that is something a 9 year will NEVER forget and I haven't!
don't be talkin' smack about Fringe!
next up: orlando florida erects a BUZZ Lightyear statue!
ironman/warmachine would make nice statues. someone should also build a life-sized statue of something from MechWarrior. and didn't someone build a gundam a while back? or Voltron or something..
only 7ft tall? harldy worthy of all the attention. I would say it should be atleast 15-20ft tall.