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Victory! RoboCop Statue Coming to Detroit

Victory! RoboCop Statue Coming to Detroit

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

February 17, 2011

DETROIT – Good news, sci-fi fans: RoboCop is headed to Detroit.

Just six days after raising donations on the Internet, a group of local artists and fans of the 1987 cult classic exceeded the fund-raising goal of $50,000 this morning to build a larger-than-life sculpture of the crime-fighting cyborg.

With 1,500 donations and hundreds pouring in every day at www.detroitneedsrobocop.com, the group plans to continue raising money until the March 29 deadline to make the statue of “as big and good as possible,” said Detroit artist Jerry Paffendorf, who is helping raise donations.

“This could be a multi-hundred-thousand-dollar KickStarter,” Paffendorf said, referring to the online service hub for ideas looking for funding. “It’s remarkable.”

The statue has set off debates about the artistic value of a RoboCop statue. Some complain that the movie, about a dystopian, crime-ridden Detroit, would hurt the city’s image.

Others said it’s a fun way to bring more attention to the struggling, but resilient city.

Fund-raising began last week after Detroit Mayor Dave Bing politely rejected a suggestion on Twitter that RoboCop would improve the city’s image. Although the Tweet was a joke from a New England computer technician, fans of RoboCop swarmed cyberspace to call for a statue.

Once the price tag is determined, a team of skilled sculptures, including a team that worked with Bjork’s husband, Matthew Barney, will build the sculpture from any number of materials. The group is working with the Mayor’s Office to consider public spots, such as areas near Comerica Park or a downtown park.

If that doesn’t work out, the statue may end up at Imagination Station, an outdoor art project cofounded by Paffendorf near the abandoned Michigan Central Station just off Michigan Avenue.

Paffendorf and other local artists hope RoboCop is just the beginning of a series of public art installations.

“With all of this publicity, we have a big opportunity to extend this to other projects in Detroit,” Paffendorf said.

Supporters of the statue got a big boost Tuesday when San Francisco businessman, Pete Hottelet, donated $25,000.

“Despite everything, we live in a great country, and every day, there’s an opportunity out there to do something awesome,” Hottelet, owner of Omni Consumer Products, told the Free Press. “You just have to find it.”

Visit DetroitNeedsRoboCop.com


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    rhood

    about 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    I agree, put him right out front of police headquarters.

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    TrafficCop28

    about 3 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Plant that bad boy right outside of police headquarters. I think we've all been referred to as "Robocop" and would love to have him right outside our window.

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    uncledennis1

    about 3 years ago

    23110 Comments

    I rented this movie so many times that the manager gave me a life size cut out of robocop (Peter Weller). Dead or alive your coming with me. Your move creep. I was pretty crazy about Nancy Allen also.

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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    I saw this earlier in the news and had to reply to their paper. Of course I would love to see this statue come to fruition! I am THE Robocop after all. I've been called that for over 20 years now. Actually right at 25 years now.

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    els98

    about 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    Cool. Have to check that out if I ever make it to Detroit.

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    1baggdHD

    about 3 years ago

    1374 Comments

    that's awesome. i agree with USLawman1983.

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    Collegecop_WA

    about 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Anyone find it particularly funny that Omni Consumer Products is funding the RoboCop project in real life? =P

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    Woody85

    about 3 years ago

    90 Comments

    This just made my day

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    DDemlong

    about 3 years ago

    2238 Comments

    one word... awesome

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    USLawman1983

    about 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Agree with mz66. Funny how art imitates life. . . or is it the other way around?

    I also hope they get Peter Weller (the original actor) to do the official unveiling.

    "Dead or alive you're coming with me"

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    Bury

    about 3 years ago

    1340 Comments

    Sweet!

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    mz66

    about 3 years ago

    3718 Comments

    "Some complain that the movie, about a dystopian, crime-ridden Detroit, would hurt the city’s image."

    It seems to me it would highlight the progress Detroit has made since the 70s. Most people assume Detroit still IS a dystopian crime-ridden city.

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    NTX5oh

    about 3 years ago

    106 Comments

    Dallas Needs RoboCop because the movie was filmed here :-)

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