No Go, Robo
by Perry Michael Simon on February 9, 2011
There will not be a RoboCop statue in Detroit. Not, at least, if Mayor Dave Bing is making the call.
Bing — yes, the Detroit Pistons legend — tweeted, “There are not any plans to erect a statue of RoboCop. Thank you for your suggestion.” So that’s that. And the fact that the movie isn’t flattering to Detroit probably didn’t help, either.
On the other hand, I’ve seen tourists flocking to, and posing for pictures with, the Mary Tyler Moore/Mary Richards beret-tossing statue in downtown Minneapolis every time I’ve been there. People seem attached to the Rocky statue in Philadelphia, even though I was against it when they first tried to plant it on the Art Museum steps (it ended up next to the Spectrum, and now near the Art Museum on Benjamin Franklin Parkway). Those things connect with people as much, or more, than statues of real people.
So what does Detroit have to lose? Why not a RoboCop statue, if they can get someone to pay for it? Hell, why not one of RoboCop, one of Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, an Axel Foley statue, maybe one of Eminem in an emotional scene from 8 Mile… it may be schlock, but it’d be the People’s Schlock. And everyone visiting Detroit would want a picture with them. When your city needs a boost, you gotta think creatively.
Source: Detroit Free Press
What pop culture icons deserve statues in your town? Cliff Clavin in Boston? Alex Owens (welder by day, Flashdancer by night) in Pittsburgh? The Sugarbaker sisters in Atlanta? Start your campaigns in the comments.