Published Mar 27, 2018In a classic demonstration of why humanity can't have nice things, a recently erected statue of David Bowie has already been covered in graffiti.
The bronze sculpture was just unveiled in Aylesbury, UK, on Sunday (March 25), but as of this morning, it's been vandalized with a series of conflicting spray-paint messages.
A message on the ground in front of the statue reads: "Feed the homeless first" — criticizing the crowd-funded £100,000 sum that went towards commissioning the statue.
"RIP DB" was also spray-painted on the brick wall behind the statue.
Representatives for the town of Aylesbury have pointed out that no public money was put towards the statue project.
David Stopps, the man behind the crowd-funding campaign, told Mix 96.2 that he was "very disappointed" about the graffiti, but noted that clean-up was underway and should be complete by tomorrow (March 28).
"The paint was on the statue, the wall behind and on the pavement," he said. "It was about the homeless — but I do quite a lot for the homeless, which is the irony of the whole thing."
He's also asked that supporters don't turn up with their scrubbing brushes, as "soft cloth, fairy liquid and hot water" is the preferred cleaning method. The sculptor is expected to blow torch the remaining damage off the statue and re-wax it.
UPDATE (3/27, 2:30 p.m. EDT): A bit amazingly, the vandalism was all captured on CCTV cameras, and you can watch the Bowie statue get spray painted for yourself below.
Revisit Sunday's unveiling of the statue — while it was still in pristine condition — down below.