The statue of David Bowie in the market square of Aylesbury, England, has been vandalized less than 48 hours after it was unveiled.

David-Bowie-statue-755x425

The statue of David Bowie in the market square of Aylesbury, England, has been vandalized less than 48 hours after it was unveiled.

The area around the new statue has been hit with graffiti. As Mix96 reports, the ground in front of it reads “Feed the homeless first” and, on the wall behind it, someone spray-painted “RIP DB” twice. Photos show that some paint landed on the base of the Bowie statue.

“I was very disappointed that this has happened, but when I went to see it, it could have been a lot worse,” David Stopps, the local music promoter who led the campaign to erect the statue, told the station. “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.”

“I want to point out that this statue received precisely £0 of public money,” Aylesbury Deputy Mayor Mark Willis told NME. “‘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.”

Stopps added that cleanup has already begun. “But if anyone turns up with solvents and scrubbing brushes, please don’t, because it will damage the statue,” he said. “The only thing we’re using is soft cloth, fairy liquid and hot water. The man who created the bronze casting is coming up tomorrow to blow torch it off the statue, which is the only way, and then re-waxing it. Tomorrow it should be back to its original condition.”

The statue, titled “Earthly Messenger,” is believed to be the first one erected in honor of Bowie, and was unveiled following the raising of £115,000. Although Bowie wasn’t from Aylesbury, the town is known to fans as the place where he debuted both Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at the local Friars venue. Stopps has also launched a campaign to have the town renamed “Aylesbowie.”

Rock Star Statues

WHITNEY CURTIS, GETTY IMAGES

Chuck Berry

A fan places flowers below a statue of Chuck Berry in University City, Missouri.

RICHARD STONEHOUSE, GETTY IMAGES

The Beatles

Sculptor Andy Edwards mimicked an actual 1963 Beatles photo shoot along the Mersey for this 1.2-ton statue on the Pier Head in their hometown of Liverpool. It was unveiled in 2015, 50 years after the Beatles’ last hometown show at the Empire Theatre.

AMANDASBUTTERFLIES, WIKIMEDIA

Rory Gallagher

This bronze statue of Irish rocker Rory Gallagher, created by David Annand and unveiled in 2010, can be found in the late guitarist’s hometown of Ballyshannon. Gallagher was born there in 1948 at the appropriately named Rock Hospital.

GETTY IMAGES

Jimi Hendrix: Isle of Wight

John Swindells’ version of Hendrix was commissioned by John Giddings, promoter of the Isle of Wight festival and a trustee at the Dimbola Lodge, where the statue was placed. Hendrix made his famous 1970 appearance nearby at the festival.

UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP, GETTY IMAGES

Jimi Hendrix: Seattle

Dedicated in 1997, this life-size bronze of Jimi Hendrix was created by Daryl Smith, a local artist in the guitarist’s native Seattle. It was commissioned by Mike Malone, a real-estate developer who placed the statue in front of his building on Broadway Avenue.

ext-34

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s