Published Mar 16, 2018The British town of Aylesbury is set to celebrate its unique connection to the late David Bowie with a new statue — and maybe even a name change.
The bronze statue, sculpted by Andrew Sinclair, will be unveiled in the Market Square (referenced on "Five Years") on March 25. It's been dubbed "Earthly Messenger" and features a 2002-era Bowie glancing back at past personas like Ziggy Stardust. You can get a look at the statue over here.
The art installation was initially funded by a crowdfunding campaign started by David Stopps. The same guy has now launched a petition to formally change the name of the town from Aylesbury to "Aylesbowie."
He claims it's not a huge leap for the town, given that 57 variations of its name have appeared in records throughout history.
A county council spokesperson told the BBC, "It's an interesting idea and perhaps on 25 March we could all think 'Aylesbowie' — just for one day!"
Bowie has long had a connection to the Buckinghamshire town, as it was home to the debut performance of his Ziggy Stardust character. He returned frequently, debuting two albums at shows at a venue called Friars in the '70s.