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Wed September 25, 2013
Photos of Detroit's RoboCop statue surface, and the Tweets that started it all
Philadelphia has Rocky, Minneapolis has Mary Tyler Moore -- and soon, Detroit will have RoboCop.
It's just a model of the statue, but you can get a sense for it.
Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press describes it this way:
Seeing the 10-feet-tall model for the RoboCop statue drives home the enormity of both the statue and the effort that is bringing the project to life.
The Detroit News has this video of RoboCop Statue organizers John Leonard and Brandon Walley (if you have trouble seeing this video, you can follow this link):
The ball for a RoboCop statue in Detroit started rolling in 2011 with this Tweet:
Are people going to send money to have my Robocop statue erected? That seems like the kind of frivolous bullshit reddit might be into.
— @MT (@MT) February 7, 2011
Mayor Bing's office responded, dismissing the idea:
@MT There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion.
— Mayor Dave Bing (@mayordavebing) February 7, 2011
The dismissive tweet was the gauntlet (look at all the retweets) and money for the statue started coming in.
A Kickstarter campaign quickly raised the money need shortly after the Twitter exchange.
Organizers don't have a location for the statue yet, but they're hoping for a prime spot in downtown Detroit.