In May, Glastonbury revealed its plans to honor music icons Prince and David Bowie at this year’s festival — and later noted Lemmy Kilmister would be honored as well. Today, more details have emerged regarding the tributes.
Aside from a 50-piece orchestral performance to commemorate Bowie and a DJ set that will celebrate the music of Prince, there will be three epic sculptures placed throughout the festival grounds that will capture the essence of each legend.
Emily Eavis, the festival’s co-organizer, trusted counter-culture sculptor Joe Rush, who has created artworks for the festival in the past, with the task of sculpting figures that would do each artist justice. Today, Rush shared how he did just that.
“It felt important to capture Bowie’s very particular eye, which was such a part of his look”, Rush told The Guardian. “But I also really liked the idea of Bowie looking out and watching over the whole festival. And if we are going to have an eye in the pyramid, it should be Bowie’s eye.”
As for Kilmister, Rush crafted a peace sign sculpture made up of spanner wrenches, complete with an aluminum ace of spades, a v-twist engine and a set of black ram’s horns. This sculpture will sit near the Other stage.
And finally, for the dearly beloved Prince, a statue of a glittery hand holding a purple crown with a white dove flying from the top will stretch over 13 ft. tall, and will be placed at the Park area.
“People do need to have these places to come to, especially for an artist who has really affected or shaped their life, and pay tribute,” Rush said. “Particularly at Glastonbury, where you have so many music fans gathered in one place, it feels important to give these artists the recognition of the fact that they are our heroes.”
And for those looking for a more sonic celebration, the 50-piece orchestra, which will be clad in all white, will perform Philip Glass’ fourth symphony, which is based on Bowie’s album Heroes (Prince covered the song “Heroes” weeks before he died). The orchestral performance will take place at midnight on Saturday and marks the first time a classical act will headline the festival.
“I like the idea of it being somewhere that amongst everything that goes on at Glastonbury, this can be a moment where people come together to celebrate that legacy of music,” Taylor told The Guardian.
Of the three, Prince was the only artist who never performed at the fest — Bowie performed in 1971 and Kilmister performed with Motörhead at last year’s festival.
Glastonbury will take place June 22nd-June 26th.