Campaign to fund world’s first David Bowie statue falling short with 24 hours to go

David Bowie at Friars, July 15, 1972

David Bowie at Friars, July 15, 1972

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A crowdfunding campaign to help build the world’s first David Bowie Statue is £16,000 short with just 24 hours to go.

A total of £84,000 has been raised so far to build the Bowie statue in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where the great debuted his legendary Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust albums.

But if the £100,000 target is not reached fundraisers will not get any of the money and will have to start again.

David and Sue Stopps have led the Kickstarter fundraising drive and hope that they can ‘score a goal in the final moments’ to make the project a reality.

Nothing to do with the statue is funded by the taxpayer, and having the world’s first monument to Bowie is expected to generate £2million a year in tourism revenue.

Bowie championed the town as a first-time touring spot for the likes of Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones and Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.

He also appeared on stage with friend Iggy Pop when he played at the Friars club in town.

The statue itself will feature Bowie as his Ziggy Stardust persona, but will also feature references to all of his other guises. It will be created by renowned sculptor Andrew Sinclair, who has worked on high end commissions for clients including The Queen.

A sound system close to the statue, which will be under the Market Square arches, will play Bowie music every hour, and fans from around the world will be able to view it 24 hours a day on a special webcam.

To donate to the campaign, and ensure that the statue comes to town go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1980358464/david-bowie-statue-aylesbury-market-square-uk