David Bowie sculpture vandalised 48 hours after unveiling

The statue in Aylesbury was unveiled on Sunday.

Singer Steve Hogarth has said he learned of the vandalism of a statue of David Bowie with “a heavy heart and despair”.

The frontman of rock band Marillion unveiled the statue in Aylesbury on Sunday.

The words “Feed the homeless first” were written in graffiti in front of the bronze sculpture by Andrew Sinclair, entitled Earthly Messenger, and “RIP DB” was daubed on the wall beside it.

Hogarth said: “It’s with a heavy heart and despair I hear that within 48 hours someone has defaced Andrew Sinclair’s breathtaking David Bowie double-statue.

“Apparently it’s been vandalised with spray-paint. Such a shame. Hopefully it can be cleaned up and I guess they’ll have to resort to CCTV or, worse, some sort of barrier. Sigh.

“When I pulled the cord to unveil the memorial on Sunday morning I was knocked out by it.

“Andrew has really caught the essence of David Bowie as a human being, as well as a phenomenal chameleon of a stage performer.

“Hopefully this is just a glitch and this fabulous work of art will give people a reason to come to Aylesbury for many years to come. It’s worth the trip.”

The tribute to the singer, who died in January 2016, was gathered through grants and a £100,000 crowdfunding appeal.

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