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Miniature version of Aylesbury's David Bowie statue is revealed

The miniature version of the planned sculpture Image copyright Andrew Sinclair
Image caption The 18-inch high mock-up of the statue features a range of looks adopted by Bowie throughout his career

A model of a David Bowie statue planned for the town where his Ziggy Stardust persona was first performed has been revealed.

The bronze sculpture, named Earthly Messenger, will be unveiled later this year in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

It will be installed under the arches in Market Square, referenced by Bowie in the song Five Years.

The work features a likeness of Bowie in 2002 looking down at Ziggy, alongside of some of his other looks.

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Image copyright Andrew Sinclair
Image caption The finished statue is due to be unveiled in September

Funds for the statue, designed by sculptor Andrew Sinclair, have been raised through a £100,000 crowdfunding appeal, plus grants.

When completed, speakers mounted above the life size artwork will play one of 2,000 tracks every hour.

Some changes are expected to the design before the finished product is officially unveiled in March.

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Image caption Bowie first performed tracks from his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars in Aylesbury
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Image caption Sculptor Andrew Sinclair is using the mask taken from Bowie's face during the filming of The Man who Fell to Earth to create the likeness

Bowie unveiled two albums and his Stardust persona during gigs at the Friars venue in the early 1970s.

He played a gig there in September 1971 where he gave the town the world debut of his album Hunky Dory.

Four months later he played the venue again where the majority of the set was made up of songs which featured on the Ziggy Stardust album.

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