Because Detroit has a rich and full history of utilizing money wisely, the first photos have been revealed of the statue of RoboCop crowd-sourced by Detroit citizens and a Kickstarter campaign in 2011. The statue, which is of course modeled after the title character in Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi film (with a remake on the way in 2014), is currently in its “foam components” phase and preparing to be bronzed. I don’t know what any of that really means, but I imagine it’s sculpture jargon of some sort.
What’s most impressive is that instead of just a life-sized statue of the fictional crimefighter, which I think many of us would agree would be quite cool enough, this statue of RoboCop stands ten feet tall. So if you were wondering what $60,000 gets you these days, the answer is — apparently — a ten-foot tall statue of RoboCop.
The city of Detroit remains in “financial crisis” with a massive crime rate, huge debt and the inability to provide even basic city services for many of its neighborhoods. But now it has a gigantic, $60,000 statue of RoboCop. So it still has its pride.