STRIKE A POSE WITH WESTON’S OWN ‘STARMAN’ ON THE SEAFRONT

STRIKE A POSE WITH WESTON’S OWN ‘STARMAN’ ON THE SEAFRONT

CROWDS have been flocking to the seafront this year to share a moment with the much-loved belated ‘Starman’ David Bowie at Weston’s popular Sand Sculpture Festival.

Striking a pose behind a drum kit or trying their hand on the keyboard, fans of the belated star who died on 10 January this year, can pay tribute as part of the Glam Rock band alongside the giant sculpture at the festival which is now open.

Co founder of the festival, Nicola Wood, designed the eight-foot sculpture with Spanish sculptors Sergi and Montse bringing it to life.

Nicola said: “Myself and team orange – the team behind making the festival the success that it is – grew up listening to David Bowie, his music is revolutionary and touched so many lives.

“His Glam Rock band played in Weston at the Winter Gardens in 1972 and as a fan of his music throughout my childhood and to this day, the team and me felt that it was fitting to create a sculpture in tribute to him. As artists, it has a proud place among the ‘When I Grow Up’ theme.

“We hope that it serves as a reminder to the great music and art that he created and visitors enjoy posing in the Glam Rock band. Already it has attracted a lot of attention.”

The sculpture took five days to make – with an extra two days to prepare the blocks of sand to be sculpted. Adding Bowie’s infamous cape onto the structure was one of the difficult parts to craft onto a freestanding sculpture.

A local graffiti artist has also designed a fitting backdrop behind Bowie’s band in tribute to transport fans back to the height of the Glam Rock era.

Nicola added: “We are delighted with how many people have turned up to see the festival so far and the great feedback that we have had about our sculptures. We are thinking of adding a ‘Ground control to major Tom’ voice over at the giant rocket sculpture, to further enhance the experience for our visitors.”

There will be a range of other photo opportunities for visitors to make memories and pose with around the festival. Visitors will be able to become an archeologist, an explorer and there will even be a photo opportunity for dogs that are welcome into the festival in front of the vet sculpture.

The festival is open until 9 October 2016 daily between 10am and last admission at 5pm. Tickets can be bought on the gates. Visit www.westonsandsculpture.co.uk for more information.