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David Bowie statue unveiled in Aylesbury

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The late-great David Bowie has been immortalised with a statue in the Buckinghamshire town of Aylesbury.

Situated in Aylesbury’s Market Square, the bronze sculpture features a likeness of David Bowie from 2002 looking at his many alter-egos from over the decades.

With Ziggy Stardust jumping out at the fore, incarnations of Bowie featured include the Pierrot costume from the ‘Ashes To Ashes’ video, Jareth the Goblin King from the movie Labyrinth and, more recently, Bowie with a bandage and buttons sewn over his eyes from the ‘Lazarus’ video.

The visually striking statue was designed and sculpted by Andrew Sinclair and features speakers mounted above the life-size piece playing a Bowie song every hour between 9am and 9pm.

 

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The funds to create the sculpture were raised via grants and a £100,000 crowdfunding appeal by music promoter David Stopps.

"The reaction to the statue has been so positive," Stopps told the BBC.

"When you get something like this people either love it or hate it. If people say 'I hate it' or 'I absolutely love it' then you know it's real art. That's the definition of art."

Stopps has also launched an online petition to change the name of Aylesbury to Aylesbowie.

Although born and raised in London, Bowie first unveiled with his iconic Ziggy Stardust persona at the Friars venue in Aylesbury in 1972. He also debuted ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ there.

David Bowie died on 10th January 2016 aged 69.

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