One of Philadelphia’s most beloved landmarks is its Rocky statue. Perched in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it celebrates the triumphant moment of Rocky’s training montage as he climbs the museum’s 72 steps and celebrates. In Brussels, one of the must-see sights is a representation of Hergé’s most famous characters, Tintin and Snowy. Then the list… runs out. There need to be more monuments to fiction like this in the real world. Often, people know the fictional characters depicted from a certain place than the obscure historical figures that you usually find cast in bronze or stone. Here are a few we’d like to see fictional characters we'd like to see memorialized:
Indiana Jones statue in Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Princeton is famous for many things. It has a long tradition of academic excellence, it is among the most beautiful campuses in the United States, and it was the number one choice of Carlton Banks. One fictional faculty member of Princeton stands out among all others, though: Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. You may remember every Indiana Jones movie beginning with Indy in the classroom being the coolest teacher that you never had. Not that Princeton needs any help drawing students to its classrooms, but a statue of Indy could draw more tourists traveling between New York and Philadelphia to the New Jersey hamlet.
Ghostbusters statue in New York, New York, USA
In popular culture, it’s a dead heat between Los Angeles and New York in terms of getting destroyed by natural, foreign, and intergalactic forces. However, in fiction, there’s one group that has consistently repelled spectral danger in the Big Apple. They’re the Ghostbusters. With a wisecrack and a bit of derring-do, the Ghostbusters took out Zuul, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and that painting that looked vaguely like Dick Cheney. A statue in front of their firehouse would be a perfect memorial to their achievements.
Simpsons statue in Springfield, Oregon, USA
The Simpsons, the most famous family in America, definitely need a monument. In a recent interview, Simpsons creator Matt Groening finally stated once and for all that the Springfield in the show comes from Springfield, Oregon. It would be inappropriate for Springfield not to honor its most famous residents.
Replica of the TARDIS in London, England
London’s greatest protector has been in and around the city for more than fifty years. Whether he’s taking on the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Master, the Silence, or the adorable Adipose, the Doctor has always won. Despite the fact that he spends most of his life traveling through space and time, he always returns to London. Considering that we’re now on our eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, a likeness of him could be unfair. The best memorial to his heroic actions would be a reproduction of the TARDIS, maybe near the tower block where Rose Tyler lived.
Memorial plaque for those lost to zombies in Monroeville, Pennsylvania
The zombie genre now has innumerable entries, both great and terrible. The best of all time still is George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Focused on a set of survivors in an infested mall, Dawn of the Dead did everything a zombie movie is supposed to do. It’s also a case where the setting of a movie is as big a character in a movie as the human (and undead) characters themselves. A fitting monument at the Monroeville Mall would be a memorial plaque to the characters lost to zombies in the movie.
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