More details revealed in Bowie statue planning application

Bowie Statue 1

11:31am 5th January 2018

We can now see more detail on the David Bowie statue planned for Aylesbury.

Those behind the project have put in a formal planning application to AVDC, to place the memorial under the Long Lionel arches in the town centre.

The idea came about after the singer passed away.

He debuted his Ziggy Stardust character and music here and one of his songs is said to reference our Market Square.

A crowdfunding effort helped to get the scheme off the ground and we got to see the above mock-up of the sculpture last year.

Now we have more information, including plans for a webcam and music being played hourly.

Here is what the application says will be needed and featured:

The ‘Earthly Messenger’ David Bowie statue.

The sculpture itself, featuring two main figures. Bowie as Ziggy Stardust circa 1973 and again in his 2002 “Heathen’ blue suit period.

Behind these two main figures will be most of the main characters that David portrayed in his long career including references to Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, Ashes to Ashes, Aladdin Sane, Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Life on Mars, Young Americans, The Next Day and Blackstar.

Lighting and webcam.

Lights fixed to a bar on the ceiling, along with a live webcam.

Audio speakers. 

The audio aspect of this multi-media installation 'has always been a very important and fundamental element to the whole project.'

One David Bowie audio track will be played at random on the hour every hour between 8.00am and 10pm every day. The audio levels will be set to ensure that the audio does not cause any inconvenience to any nearby businesses or residents.

The audio can be switched off altogether when events such as the Remembrance Day Service are taking place in the Market Square. All fixings will be in the mortar of the wall between the existing brickwork.


Two plaques will be positioned, one each side of the statue.

One will list all those who gave their time and/or £250 or more to the creation of the statue.

The other will credit sculptor Andrew Sinclair and explain the strong connection that David Bowie had with Aylesbury. 

The scheduled reveal date is 25 March, after the scaffolding currently under the arches is removed.

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