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Plans for David Bowie 'ZiggyZag' Memorial Fall Short

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Music Editor
Updated: 23 March 2017
Back in February, the artist collective This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll started a crowdfunding page to cover the costs needed to build a three-story tribute to David Bowie in the form of the iconic “ZiggyZag” makeup he wore on the cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. Setting a goal of £900,000, the group only managed to gather £50,000 from Bowie fans during its funding period, NME reports.

“If someone had told us a year ago that we’d raise 50 grand from nearly 700 wonderful people in just three weeks we wouldn’t have believed it possible,” the organizers wrote in a statement. “Thank you from the bottom of our Bowie-obsessed hearts for supporting us.”

However, the organizers are not walking away from the project defeated, writing that they plan to return with a new, and hopefully cheaper, approach to realizing the memorial, which they playfully dubbed “ZiggyZag #2.”

“We are still determined to celebrate David Bowie, in Brixton, with a challenging and appropriate piece of public art. We’re just going to have to approach the fundraising in a different way. Trying to raise nearly a million in just four weeks was always an incredibly tall order. We took a risk in adopting this approach to raising the cash, and while we know that with time we would eventually meet enough moonage daydreamers like us to make this happen, extended time is one thing that the crowdfunding model doesn’t deliver,” the statement reads.

The “gravity-defying” blue and red steel memorial was designed to rise nine meters high and would have be “embedded in the Brixton pavement.” The memorial’s artist, Charlie Waterhouse, said of his design: “It’s a monument that’s at once baffling yet immediately familiar – a reminder that there’s always another narrative. Startling, stupid, and utterly joyous in equal measure, this is a piece of public art that the whole community can be proud of.” Check out a few renderings of the tribute below.

Artists impression of Bowie tribute
Artists impression of Bowie tribute | ©This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll
Artists impression of Bowie tribute
Artists impression of Bowie tribute | ©This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll
Artists impression of Bowie tribute
Artists impression of Bowie tribute | ©This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll