Like all obsessive fans, we miss original-flavored Law & Order and its wise-cracking star, the one who put baby in a corner, Jerry Orbach (we also really miss Jerry Orbach's eyes, which technically speaking are still gazing at the world...). But no one misses Jerry Orbach as much as artist Brandon Bird, the creator of SVU Valentines, among other Law & Order-related things. While it's still scientifically impossible to raise the dead, Bird recently launched a Kickstarter to do the next best thing: pay homage to Jerry Orbach by transforming a used sedan into a lowrider-style Orbach mobile.

You can learn all about the project, "The Jerry Orbach Memorial Art Car," over at the Kickstarter—it's worth visiting just to watch the video intro, which utilizes a classic Jack McCoy cross-examination to great effect. Bird explains why he's chosen Orbach as the object of his low-rider tribute, not that he needed to sell us on it:

Jerry Orbach has long functioned as a source of personal and artistic inspiration. A muse, if you will.

Many years ago, I found myself in a rut--I was about to be unemployed, and the most exciting thing in my life were "Law & Order" marathons on TNT. But in Jerry Orbach's character of Detective Lennie Briscoe, I found a spark. Here was a man made weary by the world, who nonetheless persevered. His acerbic wit and hangdog attitude couldn't mask a natural warmth and kindness. I got off the couch, and put together an art show. I made a "Law & Order" coloring book, which was the first thing I ever did that became a viral hit, and that has snowballed into an entire career making ridiculous pop art. I owe a lot of good things in my life to Jerry Orbach.

His own life was also filled with kindness. He wrote a love note to his wife every day before heading to the set of "Law & Order," and he famously donated his corneas after passing away. If that's not the type of person we should be remembering through art, then who is?

That all makes a lot of sense—but choosing a golden voiced god like Orbach is the easy part. The harder aspect is figuring out what a tribute to him looks like (it's not like you can just paint a replica of his Eye Bank subway advertisement...or could you...), and that's the part where we all have to use our imaginations. Bird writes:

Simply put... I don't know [what it'll look like]! Rather than being locked into a design I come up with, I want to rely on the input and creativity of the people who will actually be doing the work. The design will also be determined by budget. The minimum fundraising goal will cover an airbrushed mural of Jerry on the hood, a sparkly new-from-the-ground-up paint job, and some pinstriping flourishes. The more we raise over that minimum, the more intricate the design can become.

I also want to bring backers into the design process, using video updates to document the selection of the car and interview the artists involved.

I know "art car" might conjure images of a Santa Cruz hippie gluing Happy Meal toys all over their VW, but I want to assure you that what I'm going for is something sleek and beautiful, befitting both the art form and the subject. I want to make something as rad as Jerry Orbach.

The campaign stands at just under $9K of its stated $22K goal, and there are 18 days left to donate. While you mull over whether or not you want to contribute, revisit John Mulaney's classic Law & Order standup routine.