DETROIT (WWJ) It started as a joke, but now the idea of erecting a statue of RoboCop in the city of Detroit has turned into a genuine effort.

Detroit’s Brandon Walley is already getting donations in his online campaign to build the statue at the Imagination Station off of Roosevelt Park.

Walley tells WWJ he’s not trying to rival the Spirit of Detroit.

“I do see that it will be a, you know, destination for visitors, possibly, and locals to come and see it.  Similar to Rocky in Philadelphia or Arthur Fonzerelli in Milwaukie,” Walley said.

Walley says the statue could help to spark change in the city.

“There’s a metaphor that it’s really about Detroit’s rebirth, and people doing new things in the city.  And, I think that public art is a very valid way to express Detroit’s becoming more positive and better,” he said.

The link to donate is:

Earlier this week, a Tweet from Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s office sparked some lighthearted debate surrounding the issue. (More on this here).


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