A David Bowie Ziggy Stardust statue will be erected following the success of a crowdfunding campaign, in the best traditions of the Blue Peter Appeal.
The statue will be put up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where David Bowie launched his Ziggy Stardust character and two albums, after more than 650 people pledged in excess of £100,000, 19 hours ahead of the deadline. More than 650 people pledged sums, from £10 to £6,000, for the bronze sculpture, enabling it to beat the deadline to raise the cash.
Campaigner David Stopps said it was an exciting moment: “We are very grateful to everybody. It’s been a Biblical 40 days. The bottom line now is that the statue will happen.”
Adele’s record company and 80s musician, Howard Jones were among six donators giving £6,000. David Bowie’s booking agent, John Giddings born in nearby Hertfordshire pledged £5,000.
The statue will be sited under arches in the Market Square which Bowie referenced in Five Years, the opening track of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars album. David Bowie performed as Ziggy Stardust during gigs at the town’s Friars music venue in the early 1970s. Bowie also played a gig at the club in September 1971 where he debuted the album Hunky Dory.
The David Bowie Ziggy Stardust statue is being designed by sculptor, Andrew Sinclair, who has also made commissions for the Queen. Speakers above the statue will play a Bowie track every hour.
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