The RoboCop remake is finally making its way to DVD and Blu-ray, and the city of Detroit (ever proud of their metal icon) has decided to celebrate in some rather unique ways. They’ve been working on a RoboCop statue to grace their city, but it looks like that has been put on hold for a bit. Instead, they’ll be having the mechanical police officer throw out the first pitch at the Tigers vs. Blue Jays game today. (more…)
I just don’t know what we would do without the internet….we most certainly wouldn’t have a statue of RoboCop coming our way, I’ll tell you what! Just a mere week ago the people of Detroit rallied against their Mayor who said no to their proposition to have a statue in honor of the fictional super cop made famous by Paul Verhoeven’s film. Mayor, Dave Bing, had solicited ideas on the Internet for ways to help the revive the city’s image. As stated above, he was not pleased with the suggestion of Detroit’s beloved robot officer. In the latest chapter of “The RoboCop Saga” it was announced that The Imagination Station offered a place for the statue, and a Kickstarter campaign was created to collect donations to cast a big metal Robocop. $50,000 was needed and in less than a week, $50,000 was raised. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!
Here’s the latest update on Kickstarter:
We’ve reached the $50,000 goal with the help of many many supporters and a very generous contribution from Pete Hottelet at www.omniconsumerproductscorporation.com, but you can still contribute, so please keep backing the project. All the reward levels still stand, and we’re currently discussing how to branch this project and fundraising into bigger and bigger things with a better and better impact on Detroit. Thank you, everybody! Wow.
Doesn’t that just bring a tear to your cold nerd heart? It just proves that nerds and the internet know how to get shit done.
It’s kinda funny how art imitates life. In the Robocop flicks, the creation of Robocop was a necessary response to how horrid the city of Detroit was. History apparently likes to repeat itself.
Man, talk about persistence…the people of Detroit were shot down by their Mayor who told them that a statue of the beloved hero Robocop would not be erected in their city. Mayor, Dave Bing, had solicited ideas on the Internet for ways to help the revive the city’s image. As stated above, he was not pleased with the suggestion of Detroit’s beloved robot officer. Well, in response to that the people of Detroit have said “fuck that” and rallied together to raise money for this very pressing matter.
They are attempting to spread the news virally through a facebook page, an official website and a KickStarter page which has at this time 5,399 of the 50,000 raised that’s needed for the project.
The hopes are to erect the statue at Imagination Station, an outdoor community media center and a rotating public art spacet on Roosevelt Park facing Michigan Central Station. The idea is that the statue would be created by a local metro Detroit artist.
Boy did that Mayor not know what he was getting into when he went into battle against an army of geeks with a love for the ass kicking and somehow still law biding cyborg cop. It will be interesting to see if there determination pays off cuz this would be really cool to see. So will you be donating to the Robocop fund??