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Aylesbury’s David Bowie statue vandalised

By | Published on Wednesday 28 March 2018

Bowie Statue

Well, that didn’t last long. Just 48 hours after it was unveiled on Sunday, a new statue of David Bowie in Aylesbury has been vandalised.

Parts of the statue were painted over with spray paint, while “feed the homeless first” was written on the floor in front of it. Presumably to stress that they had no specific beef with Bowie himself, the vandal then also sprayed “RIP DB” on the adjacent wall.

However, money to build the statue was raised through grants and a crowdfunding campaign, rather than any public money. With that in mind, one of the people tasked with cleaning the statue up yesterday noted the irony of the slogan the vandal had left.

Helen Light told the BBC: “Vandalising it is awful. Tax payers will now be paying for the clean-up so it is the vandal who will ironically be taking money away from the homeless”.

Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth, who unveiled the statue at the weekend, said in a statement: “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”.

He added: “When I pulled the cord to unveil the memorial on Sunday morning I was knocked out by it. Andrew has really caught the essence of David Bowie as a human being, as well as a phenomenal chameleon of a stage performer”.

Meanwhile promoter and artist manager David Stopps, who organised the campaign to erect the statue, said that he was confident that it could be restored. He added that a webcam filming the statue will have recorded whoever vandalised it.