It didn't take long after a David Bowie statue was unveiled for someone to vandalize it. The statue, titled "Earthly Messenger," was recently installed in Aylesbury's Market Square in Buckinghamshire, where Bowie reportedly first performed as his alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
The vandal seems to be a fan of Bowie, spray painting "RIP DB" on the brick wall behind the statue. But they conveyed a different message on the ground with "Feed the homeless first." We can only assume the person thought the statue was a waste of taxpayer money but there was just one problem: Taxpayers didn't pay for the statue. The money was raised through grants and crowd funding led by music promoter David Stopps.
First there was the issue of the spray paint:
find it a bit stupid since it was crowd-funded, And if the people are crying about 'feed the homeless' instead of buying spray paint and stuff give it to the homeless defeating the point there if you ask me— Daniel Leech (@Daniel_BM_Leech) March 28, 2018
Perhaps they should have fed the homeless before buying aerosol paint— Warren Black (@WSB66) March 27, 2018
And the fact that the government didn't pay for the art piece:
Why are the people of Aylesbury so angry at a crowd funded statue - it the money belonged to his fans so nothing would have been going to the homeless anyway. But I’m sure the taxpayers money spent on cleaning it up could have gone to the homeless🙄— Fi (@Feee85) March 27, 2018
A David Bowie statue got put up in Aylesbury. Locals aren’t keen, saying it’s a waste of taxpayers money and it’s graffitied within 48hrs with ‘feed the homeless first’. The statue was crowd funded by his fans. 🤦🏼♂️ But guess where the money for the clean up is coming from?— Charlie Parsons (@parsons_8) March 27, 2018
The David Bowie Aylesbury connection is a bit loose, but vandalising it is awful. It’s privately crowdfunded to pay for it so I have no problem with it. Tax payers will now be paying for the clean up so it’s the vandal who will ironically be taking money away from the homeless. https://t.co/9CIs4Aspdr— Helen Light (@HelenAnneLight) March 27, 2018
One person wondered what Bowie would think of the message:
And people weighed in on that question:
It would have been a more CREATIVE message that had a more positive impact if the vandal had just hung a sign on the statue.— Artist known as Koogz (@zkoogz) March 27, 2018
Point would have been made and much better received without maligning a crowdfunded statue to honor David Bowie.
However, it would not have made headlines, and his point would be easily and largely ignored.— Jude Holt (@Judissimo425) March 27, 2018
I think Bowie would have agreed with the sentiment but the money spent cleaning up the noise might have been better spent - thickos— Sadenia Eddi Reader (@eddireader) March 28, 2018
David would have agreed with the sentiment..he is great and did great for music but he would have seen himself that this money should be spent elsewhere first and there is nowhere better to start then helping the homeless #davidbowie #homeless #spendmoneymorewisely— MonikaKaKa (@Monika_ka_ka) March 27, 2018
H/T: The Independent