Thursday, February 17, 2011

Your Move, Detroit...RoboCop Statue Reaches Funding Goal

I'll buy that for...$50,000.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the non-profit group Imagination Station Detroit has surpassed their fundraising goal of $50,000 on the site Kickstarter in the hopes of erecting a statue of the Detroit-based science-fiction cyborg hero RoboCop.  With a current listing of 1,880 backers offering up $55,909 and counting until the March 29th deadline, the group is continuing to raise money to make the statue "as big and good as possible."

These efforts followed after Detroit Mayor Dave Bing responded to a joke suggestion made on Twitter on February 7th, posting the reply "There are not any plans to erect a statue of Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."  This resulted in the creation of a Facebook group called Build a statue of RoboCop in Detroit and later the site detroitneedsrobocop.com.

Imagination Station Detroit is working with the Mayor's office to consider public spots for the statue, such as areas near Comerica Park or another downtown park.  If that doesn't work out, the group is offering up a a piece of its property on Roosevelt Park facing Michigan Central Station.

So, Cleveland...How about finally getting around to building a Superman statue?

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