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Detroit’s RoboCop Statue To Be Unveiled Next Year

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A ten-foot-tall RoboCop prototype sculpted by Fred Barto is waiting to be cast in bronze.  The statue is expected to be officially put in place next year. (credit: Imagination Station Detroit/kickstarter.com)

A ten-foot-tall RoboCop prototype sculpted by Fred Barto is waiting to be cast in bronze. The statue is expected to be officially put in place next year. (credit: Imagination Station Detroit/kickstarter.com)

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Creators of a Detroit statue of the fictional crime-fighting cyborg RoboCop say they plan to unveil it next summer.

Venus Bronze Works in Detroit is getting ready to cast pieces of the statue and on Tuesday showed off its 10-foot-tall model to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.

Brandon Walley, director of development for the nonprofit the Imagination Station, says the statue “will add nicely to Detroit and the rejuvenation that’s happening here.” He says the hope is that the statue will stand in a prominent place downtown.

PHOTOS: Detroit’s Robocop Statue Looms Large

The 1980s science fiction movie was set in a futuristic and crime-ridden Detroit.

The movement for a RoboCop statue started in 2011 after a social networking campaign exploded in support of the project, quickly raising money to make it happen.

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