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Statue of David Bowie

David Bowie Statue
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Coordinates51°48′57″N 0°48′43″W / 51.8158°N 0.8119°W / 51.8158; -0.8119Coordinates: 51°48′57″N 0°48′43″W / 51.8158°N 0.8119°W / 51.8158; -0.8119
LocationMarket Square, Aylesbury
DesignerAndrew Sinclair
Opening date25 March 2018 (2018-03-25)

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.


Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

The statue was unveiled in 2018 in Aylesbury where Bowie debuted his Ziggy Stardust character. Entitled "Earthly Messenger", it is situated in Market Square. It features a likeness of Bowie from 2002 and a selection of his alter egos down the years, with Ziggy at the front. Speakers mounted above the life-size piece play a Bowie song every hour.

Money to create the work was raised through grants and a £100,000 crowdfunding appeal by music promoter David Stopps.

Critical reception

The statue received mixed reviews. Online art magazine Artlyst described it as "hideous", poorly rendered and not fitting a man (Bowie) who loved fine art. Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music, described the statue as “beautiful”.


Less than 48 hours after the statue was unveiled, it was vandalised. "Feed the homeless first" was written in front of it, "RIP DB" on a wall beside it and a section of the statue was painted on. In October 2018, it was vandalised for a second time with graffiti sprayed onto the statue, some pavements, doors and hoardings.

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