Over two years ago, a random Twitter user showcased his genius by calling out Detroit’s mayor, Dave Bing, to get a RoboCop statue up in their city. “Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & Robocop would kick Rocky’s butt,” said the tweet. “He’s a GREAT ambassador for Detroit.” Bing tweeted back that Detroit had “not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop,” but thanked him for the suggestion. An Internet outcry then got this successful Kickstarter fund in place, which raised over $67,000 on a $50,000 goal. So where are they now?
Over 90 percent of the foam elements have been completed in full detail, as new photos show us. According to Imagination Station’s director of development Brandon Walley, the foam will be completed at the British Columbia company Across the Board Creations before moving over to Detroit’s Venus Bronze Works to get the bronze molding and pouring. There is no real time frame for the project’s completion, but it’s more an issue of quality rather than being delayed for any reason.
“We’re looking at it hopefully being put in place by the end of summer next year,” Walley said. “We’re not so concerned with the end time right now. It’s just making sure it’s perfect in terms of look.” Check out the pieces below.
Walley has not ruled out a future crowdfunding project or corporate sponsorship in order to take care of costs on the back end, since the Kickstarter money went solely into the construction of the piece. The statue’s location also hasn’t been finalized, but “several possibilities” are being considered.
Power to these guys for wanting to get the look of the thing perfect, since that apparently isn’t a priorty for the filmmakers behind the upcoming RoboCop remake, who seem to be perfectly happy with their shitty-looking costumes. I bet the original film’s director, Paul Verhoeven, has a better outlook on this statue than he does for the remake, and rightfully so. Now excuse me, I have to go. Somewhere there is a crime happening.