RoboCop to return to Detroit
A man in the Philippines wears a costume in 2009 inspired by the 1987 movie "RoboCop."
February 16th, 2011
01:15 PM ET

RoboCop to return to Detroit

Thanks to "crowd funding," it looks as if Detroit will get its RoboCop statue after all.

A week after Mayor Dave Bing took to Twitter to dismiss the idea, an independent online campaign has raised more than $50,000 to build a monument to the 1987 sci-fi movie hero, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Detroit artist Jeffrey Paffendorf, who is helping lead the effort, told the paper the group will continue raising funds online until March 29 to make the sculpture "as big and good as possible."

"RoboCop," starring Peter Weller, was about a mortally wounded police officer who comes back as an unstoppable crime-fighting machine in a grim, lawless Detroit of the future.

In an unscientific poll by CNN affiliate WDIV-TV, 310 (70%) of 440 respondents said they wanted a statue.

The plan is for a team of artists to create and erect the sculpture at Imagination Station, a nonprofit institution devoted to public art, near the ornate but abandoned Michigan Central Station rail terminal.

Bing responded to a Twitter question last week by writing, "There are no plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."

According to Imagination Station, a movie fan in Boston replied: "Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & Robocop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a GREAT ambassador for Detroit."

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    u go detroit girl! hope mayor bing listens. i know hes better than kwame but really not many changes are taking place are there. we are losing more and more jobs and it dont appear as if those that should really give a dayum

    February 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |

    they need to make a solarpanel factory and make detroit a power station.. they have lots of roofs to put the solar panels on..

    February 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gas Guzzler

    Just finishing up High-strenght 2.25 r-1 Mo-V steel welding for x-tra fuel tank on my SUX 6000... . once I finish adjusting my Blaupunkt.. on my way... ;

    February 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D

    And we'll even through in a Blaupunkt!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D

    throw in.....

    February 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Archer

    It comes to something when you will pay for and erect a statue to a fictional character yet quite clearly forget to honour true heroes of the past and the present who die in service of their country every day.

    February 19, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. the bumhunter

    I'd buy that for a dollar

    February 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
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