The giant puppet of David Bowie in the pavilion gardens. Photo by Simon Dack

David Bowie as you've never seen him before ahead of Brighton exhibition

A giant puppet of David Bowie was spotted in the Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, today (Monday, May 17).

Monday, 17th May 2021, 7:28 pm
Updated Monday, 17th May 2021, 7:40 pm

The fantastic creation by Brighton artist and David Bowie fan Nikki Gunson had visitors intrigued and plenty keen to catch a photo of the puppet version of the icon.

Nikki was happy to carry the huge puppet around on her shoulders to help promote an exhibition of photographs which will open at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery tomorrow (Tuesday, May 18).

The acclaimed David Bowie show Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me – Bowie/MacCormack 1973-76 exhibition was due to close this summer but has been extended until January 2022. Find out more here: David Bowie photographs go on show in Brighton | Brighton & Hove Independent ( explained that she made the puppet for the Brighton children's parade in 2016, the year David Bowie died.

She said: "I was so desperately upset when he died that I needed to do something and then the opportunity came to me because a group I was working with wanted to have a puppet made representing the individuality of style and well, what else could I do than make a giant David Bowie.

"As far as I'm concerned this man is the epitome of individuality of style and he's the person who made me realise a long long time ago that you can do and be whoever you want to be and that's why I made my gorgeous David. He has he got me into Glastonbury because of his gorgeousness and he got me into a beautiful festival up in Scotland and now he's here showing off the fantastic exhibition. It's amazing, come and see it."

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