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Why a giant Robocop statue could end up in the middle of Wisconsin

Other than being awesome, turns out there's a local connection.

Potential good news for fans of 1987's Robocop living in Wisconsin: you may soon be able to pay your respects to the cyborg officer in person. 

This is because a statue of the title character recently went up for grabs when the Michigan Science Center — where it was due to be installed sometime this year — announced it would no longer be hosting the 11-foot-tall work of art.

The reason? In a late February announcement, the Detroit museum said that, "given the pandemic's unprecedented pressures, MiSci's resources must now be entirely focused on our core mission of serving Michigan's students and families,” per the Detroit Free Press.

As anyone familiar with Robocop can tell you, Detroit would have been a perfect place for the statue, as it's the fictional home of the half-man, half-machine cop.

But now, it could end up in a place almost as fitting: the central Wisconsin hometown of Peter Weller, the actor who portrayed Robocop in the original film and its 1990 sequel. 

According to a report by Wisconsin Public Radio, Mike Wiza, mayor of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is officially making a bid for the statue, and has even reached out to the Detroit-based artists who built it in the hopes that it could be a local attraction.

But as WPR notes, Wiza's plan may be a longshot, as said artists are committed to keeping the statue in Detroit, and are apparently "near an agreement with a new site" for the piece.

The statue, which is made of bronze and weighs in at two and a half tons, is the result of a local grassroots campaign that began over a decade ago when "someone on Twitter pointed out that Philadelphia had a Rocky statue and one of RoboCop would be a 'great ambassador for Detroit,'" Michigan Live writes. 

Later, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, backers were able to raise the funds to finally make such a statue a reality, the website says. You can read more about its long journey right here. 

Peter Weller, also known for lead roles in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Naked Lunch and Star Trek Into Darkness, was born in Stevens Point in 1947.

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