Kickstarter / Imagination Station
- In the nine years it took to complete the statue, we invented almost real robot policemen.
- The giant statue has been delayed by copyright issues, manufacturing issues, and more.
After nine years, Detroit is finally getting this RoboCop statue, damn it. The Detroit Free press Reports that the parts of the comically long delayed statue are all completely made and now all are just waiting for a final weld and final patina. But the statue’s journey was long and arduous.
In 2011, a Twitter user suggested to the Mayor of Detroit that RoboCop – Motor City’s superhuman cyborg law enforcement officer from the film franchise – was a big potential mascot for the city of Detroit, similar to Rocky Balboa Philadelphia. At the time, Detroit was in the news mainly because of its ongoing economic and population crises, deepened by the nationwide recession. So Brandon Walley and Jerry Paffendorf opened one Kickstarter from the now abandoned Imagination Station Detroit.
One of the first updates to the campaign said that the official licensed RoboCops manufacturer for sale, Fred Barton, would make the molds used to cast the statue. Famous last words.
In 2012, “[W]We just checked in with Fred Barton, who assured us that the parts will be ready soon. ” In 2013, “[N]Now he goes to Venus Bronze Works in Detroit to cast and manufacture bronze there. “In 2014 they said the statue would be unveiled later that year and in December 2014 they said the following spring. Finally, in 2018, they said, “It took years to get started, and it took years longer when the foam parts and anchor arrived at the last bronze store in Detroit.”
The Free press The Reality of the Manufacturing Process Associated with Copyright Issues – Didn’t You Have a License Agreement When You Begin Fundraising? – should be known to everyone who supports a Kickstarter campaign that is delayed or even canceled several times.
The statue is said to be in front of the Michigan Science Center, but this institution has also changed leadership in the period since its announcement. The new leader said Free press that “he doesn’t want to comment on details until the statue is actually finished.”
For the latest update of the Kickstarter campaign, a supporter wrote in a comment: “During this time this project has been funded so far … Detroit went into and out of bankruptcy, a NEW Robocop film was made, edited and released, and Detroit flourished and became almost an unrecognizable BETTER city. “
The statue, which is now finally completed, is 11 feet tall and has a base that alone weighs half a ton. The entire RoboCop body is made of bronze and has a dark gray patina that mimics the original RoboCop costumes in the film. These costumes consisted of Glass fiber, foam and plasticand yet they weighed at least 50 pounds. Every film had a new twist on it, from different paint colors to better mobility.
The patina of the statue is gray, but the original suits have something in common with the naturally occurring patina on bronze. “The RoboCop suits are greener in real life than anything else,” says the RoboCop Archive website explained. “[T]They are painted with a special photoreactive paint that registers metallic on film. “
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