A Robocop Statue Is Going To Detroit

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-02-16 15:11:54discussion comments
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Earlier this month fanboys across the internet sighed when Detroit Mayor David Bing took to his Twitter account to announce that there were no plans to erect a statue of Robocop. A pop culture icon closely associated with the Michigan city, those same fans were not going to take no for an answer. An artist named Jerry Paffendorf decided to set up a website where anybody could donate money to get a statue made. Guess what? They succeeded.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the goal of $50,000 has been reached to build a Robocop statue in Detroit, though fund-raising will continue through the March 29 deadline so that the builders can make the best statue possible. Once the final number is determined, the sculptors will get to work. The group behind the project is currently working with the mayor to find a suitable place for the statue, but, failing that, it will be put up at an outdoor art project co-founded by Paffendorf called the Imagination Station.

While I understand that the vision of "New Detroit" in Paul Verhoeven's 1987 film isn't exactly the most beautiful place in the world, there can be a huge upside to having this statue in the city. When you look at how quickly they were able to raise the money, it becomes clear that this could definitely be a tourist attraction that people will travel to see. But I also think that this is only the first step of a much bigger process. Once the statue is completed, I say they get to work on building a fully operational ED-209. What could possibly go wrong?
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