Once upon a time (earlier this week), a fan asked Detroit mayor Dave Bing on Twitter if the city could honor fictional hero RoboCop for his peace-keeping efforts on behalf of the city in Paul Verhoeven's 1987 film. To his credit, the mayor replied, though the response was less-than-welcome: "There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."
That should have been the end of it, right? No way. Super-specific lobby group DetroitNeedsRoboCop is accepting donations for the building of such a statue, a move which the city responded to thusly: "Should the opportunity present itself to receive a donation of this, or any other works of public art, we will consider acceptance and appropriate placement."
Excellent. RoboCop is a hero and he deserves to be honored as such. So what if he's fictional? There's plenty of precedent! Just look at the shiny new list after the jump which illustrates that fact!
"Rocky" was insanely popular back in the '70s and '80s, really the height of star Sylvester Stallone's long and storied career. A bronze statue was erected at the top of the steps into the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the filming of "Rocky III," and it continues to live on today down at the bottom and off to the side of those same steps.
Superman's human alter-ego Clark Kent hails from the small town of Smallville, Kansas. The problem is, there isn't any such location in the actual world. The Man of Steel is still honored in statue form, however. The statue lives in Metropolis, Illinois which is of course named after (though not necessarily for) the fictional city that is home to Superman's do-gooding.
The "Gundam" series is outstandingly popular in Japan, so much so that license-holder Bandai sponsored the construction of a giant-sized Gundam statue in 2009 to protect Tokyo. It was taken down in September of that year, but another was built soon after. A 60' Gundman statue went up last July in the city of Shizuoka, which is where many of the series' toys are made. It came down just this past January, but rest assured, when evil rears its ugly head once again, Bandai will be on hand with a giant Gundam statue that offers the illusion of protection.
As a New Yorker, this one in particular is near and dear to my heart. Loud-mouth, domestic abuse-threatening Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) of "The Honeymooners" is immortalized at the entranceway to New York's Port Authority bus terminal. Hell's Kitchen has changed quite a bit since Kramden and his pal Ed Norton (Art Carney) walked its streets, but the Kramden statue has kept on smiling through it all.
Deep in the heart of San Francisco's Presidio neighborhood is the massive Lucas campus, containing business offices for Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts and the rest of the "Star Wars" creator's massive corporate empire. The beautiful surroundings just outside the facility's multiple beings are highlighted by a fountain, at the center of which is a statue of Jedi Master Yoda. I'd like to think that Lucas sponsors daily yoga classes at the base of the Yoda statue, complete with some light telekinesis.
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