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Posted: 21 February 2016 08:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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LONG time no update…
Well that ends today!

Project Update #23: Detroit Needs A Statue of Robocop! by Imagination Station Detroit Fri, Feb 19, 2016 8:37 pm

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Update #23
My what a big bronze head you have
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Hi all! Here are the latest pictures we’ve received from Venus Bronze Works showing the fully cast bronze head and some other Robo features. We’re excited to see the progress and have been told they’re closing in on completion. Of course, we’re in the same position you are, waiting for the work to be done. The good news is production clearly continues. We’ll keep you updated when we get another update from Venus.

Thank you again for your companionship on this loooong road to a giant statue.

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Posted: 29 June 2016 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Project Update #24: Detroit Needs A Statue of Robocop!
by Imagination Station Detroit
Tue, May 24, 2016 3:56 pm

Guest Update with New Pics, Studio Visit, and Love Connection

About a month ago, a friend and great photographer (as you will see) contacted us with a favor. Seems that after her transplant from Detroit to Texas she found big love in the big state, and our little RoboCop Statue played a small role! The story, which will one day be legend no doubt, goes that on their first date (you know, when you tell your life stories and try not to do something too dumb) the statue came up in conversation. He is a huge Robo fan and backer! She recognized his refined taste and decided that he’s a keeper, so when they were planning to come to Detroit for a visit she devised a secret plan of her own to surprise him with a visit to Venus Bronze Works. How could we say no to that! Plus they are sharing the love with us! Here’s Taylor’s update with Elisabeth’s pictures!

A RoboBacker in Old Detroit

Like the rest of you, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the latest Robo news, and through a serious of fortunate events, I found myself face to face with Robocop’s large bronze visage on my very first trip to Detroit.

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10 Feet Tall and Bulletproof
The last time Team Robo checked in, the molds had been prepared and were at Venus Bronze Works in the capable hands of artisan Giorgio Gikas, who is in the final stages of crafting many dollars’ worth of bronze bricks into a Robocop that will weight 2500 pounds and stand 10 feet tall—13 once on his pedestal.


Hundreds of pounds of raw bronze


A modest Giorgio
Touring the studio helped me understand just how large of an undertaking building the statue has been. Giorgio put in a furnace solely to melt the statue’s bronze, which is then poured by hand into each form. And after a tremendous amount of work—pro-bono, no less—almost every section of Robocop has been cast, ready to be assembled.


Bronze furnace


Ready for duty
I left the studio knowing that the project remains in good hands, and Robo is nearing the final stages of completion. I’m excited… are you? Go get ‘em.


Trunk mold in preparation


Dead or alive, you’re coming with me


Supportive footwear


After and before


OCP runs the cops


Look at the size

 

 

 

 

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Posted: 28 February 2017 07:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Project Update #25: Detroit Needs A Statue of Robocop!
Happy New Year 2017 Update from Venus Bronze Works

Hello RoboCop Statue Backers and Fans!
We’ve been getting many inquires lately as to the statue of the statue, and rightly so! So we’ve asked Venus Bronze Works to take you behind the bronze curtain, deep in Old Detroit, to share with you the status as of right now. Check out this report with pictures from Venus, the small but very talented crew of Detroit craftsmen who are deep into the process of assembling the fully poured statue.

It’s been a long but exciting process for us; from Imagination Station deciding to go for it, to your support as RoboBackers, to the amazing guidance and partnership with Omni Consumer Products, to Fred Barton’s expert custom sculpting, to Across The Board Creation’s 3D scanning, digital enlarging, physical fabrication, and finally to Venus Bronze Works for casting and manufacturing in bronze.

As we leave the completion in Venus Bronze Works capable hands, look out for our next update, when we’ll finally be able to share where you can visit the RoboCop Statue while he watches over Delta City!

RoboCop Statue status as of 2-10-2017 from Venus Bronze Works:
With The Sculpture’s assembly from the ground up already in progress, the final major molds of the RoboCop statue were completed and poured in mid October of 2016….

As parts are removed from the molds, they must have all sprue’s and vents cut off. From there all surfaces are ground and rough sanded for inspection before assembly can begin.

  As parts are prepared for assembly they are inspected and marked inch by inch for any surface flaws, pits or sand inclusions that will need to be filled before and during the assembly process.

  All areas to be joined are prepared by grinding a bevel on the matching edges to accept a “full weld” often done in layers, making the pieces a uniformly solid mass from inside to out.

  All joints are then welded (again often in layers) to build up material as needed, as some areas are thicker than others due to the thickness changes of the Sculpture’s details, in some cases the pieces are welded from both the outside and the inside.

  Starting hands first, the fingers are attached. Hands and wrists are joined. The rest of the arm parts will wait in pieces for assembly later when they can be attached to the torso, from the shoulder down to the hands. This process is easier than assembling the whole arm now and having to crane it into position.

As the legs assembly begins from foot upwards, assembly of the torso is also underway. This is the most tedious of the assembly as there are upwards of a dozen parts needing to fit together in this 3 dimensional puzzle.

The strategy in assembly is planned with careful choices to make it a safe and efficient process. Legs from foot, to ankle, calf, knee and thigh, then hip, repeat. Comparing to images documented before the model was cut into these pieces, all angles are matched for alignment. Once the legs are assembled up to the hip, materials have to be hand formed to create the joint between hip and pelvis, again measuring and matching to the original images

At the point when the pelvis is ready to be attached, decisions on the stainless mounting armature are being considered.

As this is happening the assembly on the torso continue. Throughout the process, as joints are created and welded, the process of “cleaning up” welds through grinding, sanding and chasing take place. Easier to do this through out the process (when pieces can be moved and rolled) rather than when the Sculpture is a whole.

At this point the Sculpture is well past being 50% complete in its assembly. When the display base type and style has been determined the stainless armature will be installed to match the needed specifications. From there the torso will be able to be placed on the pelvis and with some more custom fit shoulder joint parts the arms will descend and this big guys hands will reach out to their final destination. From there RoboCop will get his head.

There are 31(!!!) photos with this post so I am going to post the link to the update on Kickstarter for those who are interested in seeing them… sorry but it takes too much effort for the now practically dead forum…  downer

Robocop Update #25 linky

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Posted: 08 March 2017 10:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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I still say it should be erected here in Dallas since this is where the movie was filmed in the first place.

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Posted: 03 May 2018 06:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Project Update #26: Detroit Needs A Statue of Robocop! by Imagination Station Detroit
Posted by Imagination Station Detroit (Creator)
Wed, 2 May 2018

RoboCop To Find His Home At The Michigan Science Center! 

RoboBackers,

The day you thought would never come is now bearing down upon us.

First, we want to say thank you for your patience. Throughout this entire process we never wavered from successful completion although we did face awesome challenges. 

From a humble thought of 3D scanning an action figure and blowing it up to 6 feet tall to pour in iron, we somehow found ourselves on a path to create a 10-foot-tall officially MGM-sanctioned bronze statue from a recreation of the original suit Peter Weller wore when he played RoboCop in 1987.

The first steps took years, and then when the foam parts and armature arrived at the last bronze shop in Detroit it took years more. Some day we will probably write a book about all of it.

But most importantly, here is what you should know: through your contributions and faith, and through the hard work of many in Detroit and elsewhere, the RoboCop statue has found a home at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center Historic District. 

Now wait wait wait. Before you come rushing out to see it, there will be an official installation and unveiling date given later this spring.

We just signed the paper work with the Michigan Science Center today who will be showing off pieces of the statue at a private event later this week.

You will be the first to hear about an unveiling event, and we hope that many of you join us from around the country.

Detroit is an amazing city. We hope that this statue introduces more of you to it, and we hope that by being at the Science Center it helps inspire more people and more youth to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). And, frankly, to mix STEM skills with right-brained creativity.

These things aren’t mutually exclusive, and if it wasn’t for both the right brain and the left brain, we would have never traveled down this road, and we would never have completed it.

Without the right brain and the left brain none of us would ever do much, and certainly RoboCop wouldn’t have had the most profoundly human of strengths, the strength to overcome Directive 4.

From both sides of the brain we say thank you so very much. And we say thank you to the Michigan Science Center for offering to give Robo the perfect home. We also thank Mark Dubeau, MGM, Omni Consumer Products, Fred Barton Productions, Venus Bronze Works, The Imagination Station of Roosevelt Park, Detroit Bikes, Integrity Building Group, and everyone else who made their time, talent, and treasure available to see it through.

Too many feels right now. You rock.

- Team Robo


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Posted: 03 May 2018 06:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Just in case you were wondering….
The local Detroit newspaper posted a story about the statue finding a home as well:

Robocop finds a home in Detroit

RoboCop statue finds permanent home at Michigan Science Center
Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press Pop Culture Critic - Published 1:05 p.m. ET May 2, 2018 - Updated 7:04 p.m. ET May 2, 2018

After years of searching, the RoboCop statue has found a home worthy of its status as a sci-fi legend.

The Michigan Science Center will become the permanent location for the 10-foot-tall bronze version of the Detroit police officer-turned-cyborg character from the 1987 hit movie “RoboCop.”

Imagination Station made the announcement Wednesday morning on its Kickstarter page. The community arts nonprofit group based in Corktown launched the campaign to crowd-fund the statue in 2011 and wound up raising more than $67,000.

An official unveiling date for the outdoor installation is expected to be announced later this spring or early summer.

“We just signed the paperwork with the Michigan Science Center today who will be showing off pieces of the statue at a private event later this week,” said the post signed Team Robo.

The Michigan Science Center is holding its annual fund-raising gala on Friday. The head and the torso of the statue will be displayed inside for the occasion. The gala is sold out, but some afterglow tickets are still available.
The bronze pieces of the statue are all completed. Welding work remains and the base and pedestal are being finished now, according to Brandon Walley of Imagination Station.

“We think this is a perfect fit,” said Walley of the location. “It could have been great at a number of places. But this is really a match made in heaven.”

Michigan Science Center president and CEO Tonya Matthews said in a statement to the Free Press that the site is “honored to be the host site for this amazing piece of art.”

Matthews noted the potential synergy between the site and the statue: “At the Science Center, we aim to inspire curious minds of all ages with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and we think RoboCop will remind us of the power of STEM and the resurgence of Detroit.”

RoboCop has long been an icon of Detroit-themed movies. In the smartly political Reagan-era film, a greedy corporation gives a Detroit police officer named Alex Murphy new life as a hybrid human-robot crime fighter.

The idea for a RoboCop statue was born in 2011 with a tweet that sparked a campaign to turn a pop-culture icon into a Detroit landmark.

It all started when then-mayor Dave Bing received a Twitter message from a man in Massachusetts who brought up Philadelphia’s statue of Rocky, and suggested RoboCop as a great ambassador for the Motor City. Bing replied online that there were no plans for such a project.

The 10-foot-tall bronze RoboCop will be more like 13 feet once it’s on a pedestal. It was cast at Detroit’s Venus Bronze Works, one of the leading sculptural restoration and conservation businesses in the nation.

Overseeing the process was art conservation expert Giorgio Gikas of Venus Bronze Works, who has spent decades restoring iconic local works like the Joe Louis fist, the “Spirit of Detroit” statue and the “Victory and Progress” horse-drawn chariot at the Old Wayne County Building, and more.


It took persistence and patience for Team Robo to navigate the monumental task. The hurdles included obtaining copyright permission and completing many complicated mold and model-making steps in the leadup to the pouring of the casts.

Before that work could start, Across the Board Creations of British Columbia and Idaho had to use 3D scanning to fabricate the pieces for the 10-foot foam version, based on a life-size model provided by Fred Barton Productions of California.

In a 2011 interview with the Free Press, original “RoboCop” director Paul Verhoeven said he was aware of the crowd-funded project. “I had no problem with it, let’s put it that way,” he said. “Perhaps I should see it as my most important contribution as a Dutchman to American culture.”

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Posted: 21 June 2018 12:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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Today is the first full day of summer 2018…. still waiting to hear about the unveiling of Robocop…
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