Here’s the first look at a new David Bowie statue

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caption The 18-inch high
mock-up of the statue features a range of looks adopted by Bowie
throughout his career

A model of a David Bowie statue planned for the town where his
Ziggy Stardust persona was first performed has been revealed.

The bronze sculpture, named Earthly Messenger, will be unveiled
later this year in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

It will be installed under the arches in Market Square,
referenced by Bowie in the song Five Years.

The work features a likeness of Bowie in 2002 looking down at
Ziggy, alongside of some of his other looks.

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Image copyright Andrew Sinclair
Image caption The finished statue is due to be unveiled
in September

Funds for the statue, designed by sculptor Andrew Sinclair,
have been raised through a £100,000 crowdfunding appeal, plus
grants.

When completed, speakers mounted above the life size artwork will play one of
2,000 tracks every hour
.

Some changes are expected to the design before the finished
product is officially unveiled in March.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bowie first performed tracks from his album
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars in
Aylesbury Image
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Sinclair Image
caption Sculptor Andrew
Sinclair is using the mask taken from Bowie’s face during the
filming of The Man who Fell to Earth to create the
likeness

Bowie unveiled two albums and his Stardust persona during gigs
at the Friars venue in the early 1970s.

He played a gig there in September 1971 where he gave the town
the world debut of his album Hunky Dory.

Four months later he played the venue again where the majority
of the set was made up of songs which featured on the Ziggy
Stardust album.

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