The statue was hardly up long enough for people to view, and it has already been vandalized. The statue in question, of David Bowie in Aylesbury, England, was spray-painted a mere 48 hours after its unveiling.
The statue had the words “RIP DB,” and “Feed the homeless first” on the ground in front of the statue and the wall behind it.
Bowie has a connection to Aylesbury – he performed at Friars Aylesbury before the world was introduced to Ziggy Stardust. The commemorative statue was designed by Andrew Sinclair and funded mainly through a £10,000 crowdfunding campaign led by legendary music promoter David Stopps. Marillion lead singer Steve Hogarth unveiled the statue on March 25.
Hogarth said, “It’s with a heavy heart I hear that someone has defaced Andrew Sinclair’s David Bowie double statue. Hopefully it can be cleaned up, and this fabulous work of art will give people a reason to come to Aylesbury for many years to come.”
In an interview with the BBC Stopps added that security cameras could aid in finding the perpetrator(s): “There is a webcam on it 24/7, so whoever did it, we have got them on webcam.” An Aylesbury local told the BBC that “Tax payers will now be paying for the clean-up so it is the vandal who will ironically be taking money away from the homeless.”