One year since Aylesbury became home to Bowie statue

One year since Aylesbury became home to Bowie statue

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 8:03am 24th March 2019.

Today marks one year since Aylesbury became the home of the UK's first David Bowie statue.

The Early Messenger was unveiled this time last year in Market Square.

But, it definitely hasn't had the easiest of years - it was vandalised twice, the first time only a few days after its unveiling.

David Stopps who ran the crowdfunding campaign told us he's been overwhelmed with the support:

"Since March (2018) we've had people coming from all over the world.

"I was there the other day and people had come in from South Africa, people from Yorkshire I spoke to.

"So, all the time people are coming from all over the world to see it."

Lots going on in Aylesbury today

One year since Aylesbury became home to David Bowie statue
The first incident of vandalism, days after unveiling

An event will be taking place under the arches in Aylesbury's Market Square today (24th March) from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

It will echo the original event organised a few days after Bowie's untimely death in January 2016.

It will feature the music of David Bowie and a special presentation by Earthly Messenger sculptor, Andrew Sinclair, describing how he designed and sculpted the world's first statue of David Bowie.

Legendary photographer Michael Putland, who produced those amazing photographs of Bowie at his legendary Friars Aylesbury Ziggy Stardust world premiere on 29 January 1972, will also be in attendance, as will an Italian film crew from Bologna who are making a documentary about him.

Michael's photographs from that night in 1972 will be exhibited in the arches area.

There will also be some special presentations during the afternoon.

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