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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Robocop may stand guard in Philadelphia


Philadelphia has its statue of Rocky. Other towns have plaques and markers about films shot in their area.

But Robocop in Detroit?

That what fans of the sci-fi cult film want to see happen in motor city.

Probably not what Henry Ford had in mind.

From sci-fi cult film, to Twitter phenomenon to Detroit landmark-in-the-making.

Plans for a statue honoring RoboCop, the half-man, half-machine crime fighter of the 1987 movie, are moving ahead after a group of artists and entrepreneurs in Detroit, Michigan raised more than $50,000 via Facebook and an online fund-raising site.

“It hit a sweet spot. It’s a fun and funny idea to build a statue of RoboCop,” said Jeff Paffendorf, who helped lead the project inspired by a whimsical suggestion sent to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing via Twitter last week.

Bing tweeted back at the time that there were no plans for a RoboCop statue, an off-hand remark that bounced around the Internet and generated calls for him to reconsider.

“There’s violence in ‘RoboCop,’ but through the film RoboCop tries to do the right thing,” Paffendorf said.

Bing’s office is still not convinced, but a spokeswoman said the city is studying how it could accept and display a gift RoboCop statue.

“We know there are a lot of people that care deeply about the issue, and we respect that,” said Karen Dumas of Bing’s office. “But I’m still not sure that RoboCop is the best message for the city of Detroit.”

Paffendorf said the RoboCop statue could go somewhere downtown if the city approves, perhaps near the landmark fist statue honoring legendary boxer Joe Louis.

But if Detroit will not allow RoboCop on city-owned land, a nonprofit arts group plans to display the statue, he said.

Paffendorf said a sculptor and a metal artist have been chosen to complete the job.

(Story includes material from Reuters)

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3 thoughts on “Robocop may stand guard in Philadelphia”

  1. It would take a “robocop” to clean up Detroit’s crime problem along with dozens of other major U.S. cities…no?

    The military is working on “robots for warfare” and many if not most of the nation’s policing entitites purchase military level gear with the help of Federal ‘aid’. So here’s another market for robocops of the near future. This nation is devolving into a paradigm found in the sci-fi realm with a resultant p*sspoor quality of life for the citizens, while federally supported MIC gadget vendors continue to get evermore filthy rich shaking taxpayers down for the same.

    No doubt these future ‘crime-fighting’ robots will be kicking the doors of innocents on behest of our crazies in D.C. who have a love affair with the concept of a New World Order while street thugs run rampant as usual. (click on read more associated with the article)

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. “We know there are a lot of people that care deeply about the issue [Robocop statue], and we respect that,” said Karen Dumas of Bing’s [the mayor] office.

    Tells you all you need to know about why Detroit has gone to hell in a handbasket.

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