Sculptor's grand plans for public work of art to remember '˜chameleon' David Bowie
Plans for a '˜multifaceted work of art' to remember David Bowie and Aylesbury's musical legacy are underway.
This week sculptor Andrew Sinclair met with Friars boss David Stopps to discuss ideas for the piece, which they believe will attract visitors from all over the world.
Master sculptor Andrew, who set up The Sculpture School in Wendover which he ran for 30 years, said: “I have done sculptures of famous people before, but never someone like David Bowie.
“David Bowie was such an innovator and had such an impact on people’s lives. Everyone knows David Bowie and he has some sort of resonance with everyone’s past.
“I want this to be a sculpture that tells the story of David’s life.
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“He really was a true chameleon and there is no way that any single character that he created would tell that whole story.”
He added: “I want to use clever design and realism to create a sculpture which is definitely recognisable.
“I want it not only to be a sculpture of David, but to be a work of art which really inspires people.”
The statue, which would be life size, would be located under the arches close to Aylesbury’s Market Square, which the icon is said to have referenced in his classic song Five Years.
And David Stopps, who befriended David Bowie when he came to town to debut Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust at his Friars club explained the importance of the statue.
He said: “Andrew has some big ideas that I had never even thought of.
“He would make a world famous piece of art that people would come from all over the world to see. It would stand on its own as a work of art, and would put Aylesbury on the map as a music town.”
The pair also spoke about setting up a webcam close to the statue similar to the ones in Times Square and Hong Kong.
That way, tourists visiting the Bowie monument could tell their friends and family to check in and spot them on a special website, creating a multimedia experience.
A petition to get permission for the statue, which would not be paid for with taxpayers’ money, has so far reached 1,800 signatures.