Sorry for the late reply, but i didn't expect an answer anymore and didn't check the forums the last few days.
However, i think you completely misunderstood, what i wanted to say. Especially your first passage has absolutely nothing to do with what I wanted to say.
So please let me explain my intention again:
I definitely don't wanted to complain about you, your ideas or you effort. Quite the opposite, actually: I highly admire that! The statue is simply stunning and I can't tell you how much respect I pay you for that .
My problem just is, that I think that such an impressive and outstanding piece of art should be unique! I mean, just take a look to the real world: There is only one Statue of Liberty, one Eiffeltower, one Big Ben. You just don't copy such artworks, and if you do so, it's usually regarded as kinda week source.
Of course, it makes a difference when it's already planned as an artwork of 8 statues, especially when one tries to vary the design by using different materials and placing them in different environments. I can imagine that pretty well and I already came up with ideas for that myself. But it's still one design. Everyone will recognize them as copies.
That would be a lesser problem, if Gopher didn't build one of them. By that, Gopher's statue will always be regarded as the original one, one that stands out of the others, although by it's concept every statue should have the same meaning. That just strikes me as a mismatch.
However, please recognize, that all this is not meant as a complaint. I just wanted to point out some problems I see with the 8-statues-concept. Especially as the tendency in this thread became more and more, that you were pretty certain that we definetely will have them all. In this situation I just wanted to kick the euphoria brake a little bit and say: You shouldn't be too sure that we will get 8 statues. Because I have my doubts, that Gopher likes the concept either. I may be completely wrong with that, but I wanted at least create some awareness for this possibility.
I also proposed another concept for a single statue: Place it a pretty popular place (in the former thread i even suggested to place it near my settlement, because i already built some Gopher related monuments there ), so that it can be seen as often as possible! Build maybe some other Gopher related statues or statues of Minions next to it, so that we get a Gopher and his Minions monument.
However, of course this is only a proposal (!) and the preference for having one unique instead of 8 different but similar statues is just my personal (!) opinion. But we are here in a forum and forums are there to discuss different opinions and proposals! That is just what I wanted to do!
But if you really want to stick to the 8 statues and other Minions regard it the same, you only have to convince Gopher of it and we will build them. And i would be glad to provide materials and maybe even participate in building one statue. I'm one of the most active builders in Minionland, but for such an amazing project, however it will look like in the end, I would take my time willingly!
So I hope I could clarify things out and you can relax a little bit
Have a nice time!