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Bowie News Round-Up: Update On Statue Campaign, New Luxury Watch Now Available

Lighting will not be striking in David Bowie's South London hometown, it seems.

A drive to raise $1.23 million to erect a lightning-bolt shaped statue, dubbed ZiggyZag in Brixton, the neighborhood where Bowie grew up, has fallen short; Only about $62,500 was raised via Crowd Funder, bringing the drive to a halt.

But organizers vow they're not done, writing on the site that, "Of course ($62,500) doesn't go anywhere near realising the ambitions of the ZiggyZag. 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. Along the way we've learned a hell of a lot. And we'll be able to plough that learning back into the project and return with a ZiggyZag #2 that's even better (and hopefully a bit cheaper)...If someone had told us a year ago that we'd raise 50 grand (British pounds) from nearly 700 wonderful people in just three weeks, we wouldn't have believed it possible. Thank you from the bottom of our Bowie-obsessed hearts for supporting us."

The statue was to sit near the Brixton subway shop on Electric Avenue, near an Aladdin Sane mural in the same area.

...For those needing a Bowie fix, however, you can check out the David Bowie Freelancer, a luxury watch coming from Swiss designer Raymond Weil.

Netspeed Technology on Twitter Raymond Weil celebrates the genius of David Bowie in new Freelancer timepiece - The Moodie...

The timepiece features the "Aladdin Sane" lightning bolt on the face as well as photographer Terry O'Neill's 1974 portrait of Bowie on the back. Only 3,000 of the watches are being manufactured.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.