Bowie statue moves step closer

David Bowie memorial event held under the Arches in Aylesburys market square - pictured is David Stopps- Friars founder PNL-160116-211332009
David Bowie memorial event held under the Arches in Aylesburys market square - pictured is David Stopps- Friars founder PNL-160116-211332009
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The campaign for a work of art memorial sculpture to David Bowie continued this week with a presentation to the district council and a 
potential new site.

This week Friars founder David Stopps, who is leading the campaign, met with Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet to deliver a presentation on the project, which he says could bring millions in tourism and trade to Aylesbury.

Sculptor Andrew Sinclair, who will make the monument, also attended to explain his vision for the piece.

All the the campaigners need is for the council to approve the preferred site, which is under the arches off Market Square. The rest of the money will be crowdfunded by members of the public and Bowie fans.

Mr Stopps said: “I was asked to present our vision for Aylesbury as a music town to the cabinet. We gave an hour-long presentation and answered questions around the Bowie statue.

“We also spoke about the Aylesbury Alternative Music Society, Second Earth and all the other great things that are going on. It’s coming along steadily and we haven’t had a no yet.”

And this week councillor Phil Gomm put forward an idea for an alternative Market Square site, which he says has been approved by Bucks County Council which owns the land.

Lifelong fan Mr Gomm, who DJ’d at the town centre memorial event alongside Mr Stopps in the week Bowie died, said: “The spot many seem to also like is before the arch by the telephone box looking up into the Market Square, a very visual spot for all to see.

“It is overlooking the Market Square where queues of people gained access to the concerts at Friars both in the Borough Assembly Hall and the Civic Centre but even more so with the history of Hobbles on the Cobbles music events that were held in Market Square.”

Mr Gomm also had an idea to replace the exisiting metal telephone box close to the site with a red one. This is in reference to the back cover of the Ziggy Stardust.

David Bowie had a great relationship with Aylesbury’s Friars Club and chose the town to debut his Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust albums. He also references Market Square in the song, Five Years.

To sign the petition go to www.change.org/p/aylesbury-vale-district-council-david-bowie-statue-in-aylesbury-market-square