The world’s first David Bowie statue has been revealed in Buckinghamshire.
The late icon has now been remembered in the form of the new figure, just over two years since his death.
The statue will be located in Aylesbury market square. Bowie is reported to have first performed as his Ziggy Stardust persona and debuted two albums at gigs at the town’s Friars music venue in the early 1970s.
Local fan David Stopps came up with the idea of creating the sculpture, which features several of Bowie’s personas from throughout his career, including Ziggy Stardust. Stopps got the local council to agree to the statue and then raised £100,000 via a Kickstarter campaign to get it made. According to the fan, over a third of donors were from outside the UK.
The statue was designed and sculpted by Andrew Sinclair and features lights, a web cam and music, with a Bowie song being played every hour on the hour between 9am and 9pm.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Stopps said: “When he left us in January 2016, there was an amazing, immediate outpouring of emotion in the town about it. We had a gathering here under the arches and 2,000 people turned up a few days after he died. We had Bowie music and videos, and it was a lovely celebration. We thought we must do something as a monument for the town and David Bowie.” You can watch footage of the statue unveiling above.
Meanwhile, Bowie’s Lazarus musical is set to be released as a film, with a special screening announced in New York.
Bowie wrote the musical with Enda Walsh shortly before his passing. It was inspired by Walter Tevis’ novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1976 movie adaptation of which Bowie starred in.