Plans for a statue to mark David Bowie’s involvement with Aylesbury’s music scene are just hunky dory, according to the man tasked with making the work of art.
Andrew Sinclair, who has previously taken on commissions for people including The Queen and publisher Felix Dennis spoke to The Bucks Herald this week to explain how the process is going.
Mr Sinclair, who was formerly based at The Sculpture School in Wendover before relocating to Devon, said: “ It’s very exciting - the maquette (a smaller model of the statue which is used by the sculptor to create the finished piece) is now finished and now I’ve started working on the full sized piece.
“Now we have the maquette we are able to show it to people in the know that we need finiancial support from, so this is really helping.
“I think the sculpture is really powerful, and quite spectacular. I have shown it to friends and students and not one person has had a concern, and that is very unusual, people have been universally blown away.”
And speaking about what the statue will look like, and the impact Mr Sinclair expects it to have on Aylesbury, he said: “The background is kind of a relief and shows key achievements in David Bowie’s life.
“It makes you crouch down and have a look, and that’s great because people will engage with it and be part of it. I think this is going to be incredible for Aylesbury.
“Even if you don’t like sculpture there are many elements there and it is very exciting.”
David Bowie chose Aylesbury as the place to debut his iconic Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust albums, and also championed the town as a first touring spot for bands like Blondie, Talking Heads, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers and Iggy Pop.
They all played at the town’s Friars club, and founder David Stopps - together with wife Sue was behind the statue campaign which raised £115,000 on Kickstarter. A similar campaign to have a statue in Brixton where Bowie was born failed earlier this month, meaning that Aylesbury’s statue - scheduled for September - will be a world first.
People can still support the campaign and receive a number of rewards by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
David said: “We have a pplied for a number of grants to a number of organisations and I’m confident we will get the full amount of money.
“It was wonderful to see Aylesbury’s David Bowie history cited in The Times as a reason for the town being a great cultural place to live.
“I’m confident that next year we will be in the top ten, and now number 18.”
Aylesbury’s David Bowie statue will be under the arches in Market Square, a nod to the song Five Years, whicb references the town.
It is scheduledfor unveiling in September, and details of a special ceremony celebration will be announced nearer the time.
To find out more about the statue - and to view the list of rewards on offer for those who still want to pledge simply type Kickstarter David Bowie into your computer’s search engine.