A controversial statue of late entertainer David Bowie was defaced for the second time in six months this week after a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dousing the sculpture in blue paint, as reported by The Guardian.
A vandal previously spray-painted the Bowie bust shortly after it was first unveiled at the Friars Music Club in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, earlier this year. Graffiti messages from the defacer read “Feed the homeless first” and “RIP DB,” although the statue was reportedly erected via support from outside grants and crowdfunding. The Friars club is where Bowie first debuted his famous “Ziggy Stardust” persona in the 1970s.
When initially announced, some objected to the statue’s portrayal of the popular singer and style icon who died in 2016 at the age 69. Many fans also weren’t thrilled with early plans for the sculpture to purportedly play Bowie music once an hour. Could this be part of the reasoning behind both vandals’ paint-fueled attacks on the figure? Take a look at a recent pic of the David Bowie statue covered in the blue paint, below:
At the time of the fist vandalism, police appealed to locals for help in the investigation. And the statue’s designer, Andrew Sinclair, spoke to the NME about the defacement, citing the large amount of time and effort that went into creating the likeness: “I was pretty upset,” he said. “I just hate wanton destruction. This whole project was put together by the fans and for the fans—and for Bowie’s family and memory. There’s a lot of love and a lot of intent, and a huge amount of hard work.” So, maybe leave the Bowie statue alone, eh guys? What do you think about it? Sound off in the comments section.