Less than 48 hours after the statue was unveiled, it was vandalised. “Feed the homeless first” was written in entrance of it, “RIP DB” on a wall beside it and a bit of the statue was painted on. In October 2018, it was vandalised for a second time with graffiti sprayed onto the statue, some pavements, doorways and hoardings.
The statue acquired blended opinions. Online artwork journal Artlyst described it as “hideous”, poorly rendered and never becoming a person (Bowie) who cherished advantageous artwork. Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music, described the statue as “stunning”.
Money to create the work was raised by means of grants and a £100,000 crowdfunding attraction by music promoter David Stopps.
The statue was unveiled in 2018 in Aylesbury the place Bowie debuted his Ziggy Stardust character. Entitled “Earthly Messenger”, it’s located in Market Square. It incorporates a likeness of Bowie from 2002 and a range of his alter egos down the years, with Ziggy on the entrance. Speakers mounted above the life-size piece play a Bowie music each hour.
The David Bowie Statue is a bronze sculpture of David Bowie sculpted by Andrew Sinclair and unveiled in 2018 in Market Square, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire by Howard Jones.
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