The long-awaited, crowdfunded Robocop statue is one step closer to becoming a reality, as photos of its prototype have appeared on the Kickstarter page that spawned it.
Soon enough, the cybernetic protector of Detroit will be appearing in all his glory on the grounds of Wayne State University’s TechTown Campus.
For those who haven’t been following the story, back in February of 2011, “a random dude in Massachusetts tweeted a message to Detroit Mayor David Bing,” saying, “Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & Robocop would kick Rocky’s butt. He’s a GREAT ambassador for Detroit.”
Despite the fact that the mayor was having exactly none of that, a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the statue launched shortly thereafter. After a month of crowdfunding, the campaign managed to earn $67,436—a surplus of seventeen-grand from the original goal of $50,000.
Two years later, the prototypes are done, huge, and beautiful. The statue was sculpted to life by Fred Barton, digitally scanned, and made “in foam, wax, clay, and steel,” which is the material out of which the pictured prototypes are made.
“He’s not done yet, but what you’re seeing in these pictures is pretty much exactly how he’ll look,” says a post on the project’s Kickstarter page. “We hope you love it as much as we do, and we hope you send good vibes to all the craftsmen and the production team who’ve run across the obstacle course to get here, as we all send good vibes back to you, the awesome, patient, and hopefully super happy backers!”
When it’s finished, it wouldn’t be too surprising if plenty of people will make a pilgrimage to the cyber-statue. Maybe it can be installed in time for the premiere of next February’s RoboCop remake…