The sculpture, which stands 16 feet wide and weighs more than 5,000 pounds, was unveiled yesterday on what would have been Bonham’s 71st birthday. Designed by Mark Richards, the memorial piece features Bonham at his drum kit alongside his full name, date of birth and the date of his passing next to the Led Zeppelin IV symbol.
A tribute on the sculpture, “The most outstanding and original drummer of his time, John Bonham’s popularity and influence continue to resonate within the world of music and beyond.”
Richards posted photos of the finished art on his Twitter account, stating that he is “delighted” about the installation and thanking all those who helped make it happen.
Delighted that my memorial sculpture to John Bonham was installed over night in Redditch town centre. Thanks to all who helped make this happen. #johnbonham #johnbonhammemorial #johnbonhambirthday #redditch pic.twitter.com/VG3HOr2ubl
— Mark Richards (@markxrichards) May 31, 2018
Read our feature on John Bonham’s son, Jason, and his Led Zeppelin Experience here.