DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s been years in the making, but the creator of a statue of the fictional crime-fighting cyborg RoboCop says he plans to unveil the sculpture next summer in Detroit.

Sculptor Giorgio Gikas tells the Detroit News he’s spent the past three years casting the 11-foot, 3,500-pound bronze statue, and he’s just about ready to show it off.

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Gikas hopes to put the finishing touches on the sculpture over the winter so that it will be ready for a grand unveiling at a yet-to-be-named destination in Detroit in 2018.

The hope is that the statue will stand in a prominent place downtown, but Gikas is staying tight-lipped about the display location.

“(It will be) somewhere downtown around the cultural center,” Gikas told the newspaper. “Somewhere very nice, too.”

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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.