The world’s first statue of David Bowie has already been vandalised, only days after it was unveiled in Buckinghamshire.
The memorial, which was unveiled on Sunday afternoon, has been covered in graffiti that says “feed the homeless first” and “RIP DB”.
It was erected at Aylesbury Market Square, close to the town’s Friars music venue where Bowie first debuted his Ziggy Stardust persona in the early 1970s.
Promoter David Stopps led a successful crowdfunding campaign for the statue’s creation, which raised £100,000 and support from several grants.
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But while the graffiti takes aim at homelessness in the area, Deputy Mayor Mark Willis has stressed that no public money was spent on the statue.
“I want to point out that this statue received precisely £0 of public money”, he said.
‘That’s right, £0. It was entirely funded through crowdfunding, by members of the public, myself included.
‘One of the charities I support monthly is Shelter as homelessness and poverty are absolute scourges on society that need solving.”
David Stopps told Mix96: “I was very disappointed that this has happened, but when I went to see it; it could have been a lot worse. We’re busy cleaning it up now.
“The paint was on the statue, the wall behind and on the pavement. It was about the homeless – but I do quite a lot for the homeless, which is the irony of the whole thing.”
Marillion singer Steve Hogarth, who opened the statue, said: “It’s with a heavy heart and despair I hear that within 48 hours someone has defaced Andrew Sinclair’s breathtaking David Bowie double-statue.
“Apparently it’s been vandalised with spray-paint. Such a shame. Hopefully it can be cleaned up and I guess they’ll have to resort to CCTV or, worse, some sort of barrier. Sigh.”
It is expected that the statue will be back to its original condition within a matter of days.