David Bowie's Statue in England Is Vandalized for Second Time

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Jimmy King

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A 29-year-old man was arrested Wednesday (Oct. 17) on suspicion of vandalizing David Bowie's statue in Buckinghamshire, England. The artwork is located in the town of Aylesbury, where Bowie debuted his iconic persona Ziggy Stardust in 1972.

Titled "Earthly Messenger," the sculpture is a life-size bronze statue that features several of Bowie’s personas (with Stardust in the center) and speakers that play his music every hour.

Defaced for the second time since its March installation, the artwork was funded through grants and a crowdfunding campaign led by music promoter David Stopps. “Bowie fans are coming from all over the world to see the statue and this really doesn't do justice to the thousands of local people that supported this project,” an upset Stopps told BBC.

The first incident came only 48 hours after the statue was installed -- with the words "feed the homeless first" spraypainted on the pavement, "RIP DB" on the walls and paint all over the work itself. On Wednesday, it was sprayed with blue paint, hours after it had been professionally cleaned and waxed.

Stopps assured that the work will be “restored to its former glory as soon as possible.”