Ealier this week, a guy in Massachusetts sent this Twitter message to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing:
"Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & Robocop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a GREAT ambassador for Detroit."
Mayor Bing's response? Thanks, but no thanks.
"There are not any plans to erect a statue of Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."
But Detroit artist Jerry Paffendorf and others are running with the idea. Paffendorf says the idea touched a "funny bone," and sparked "the kind of interest and intrigue in Detroit, and an interest in what Robocop means to Detroit."
(Paffendorf has done this kind of crowd-sourced fundraising before. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett did a story about his Detroit real estate project, Loveland: For $1, you can own a piece of Detroit: 1 square inch, to be exact.)
They started a Kickstarter project. The goal is to raise $50,000 in 45 days. The money will go towards creating a giant, permanent, metal sculpture of Robocop. As of this blog post, they've raised $2,659 from 81 backers from contributors as far away as the United Kingdom.
Paffendorf thinks folks are donating to the Robocop statue because it’s a nice change of pace from what people normally talk about when they talk about Detroit, what he calls "the darker side of life":
If Paffendorf and Co. can't raise the funds for the statue, there's always this
adorable tough-looking Robocop running around town. You can see more photos of the part kid, part machine, all cop creation at sweet-juniper.com.