Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD could have a statue of his likeness erected in the place of his birth in the U.K.
Born as Ian Kilmister in Burslem, a town within the city of Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire, Lemmy later moved with his family to Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Pending approval from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the statue is set to grace Burslem’s Market Place. Crafted from Staffordshire clay, the statue will be skillfully sculpted by the internationally acclaimed local artist, Andy Edwards. Elevated on an eight-foot (2.5m) plinth, designed to resemble an overhanging stage, the structure will boast a rigid stainless steel frame clad in black granite. The plinth will also feature the distinctive MOTÖRHEAD logo and incorporate personal and career details about Lemmy.
For a glimpse of the proposed Lemmy statue in Burslem’s Market Place, refer to the mock-up submitted with the planning application.
The planning application states: “It’s anticipated the project could eventually be expanded to possibly include a branded café, bar, visitor centre etc to further draw visitors from across the nation and, potentially, worldwide. Though Lemmy is perhaps not an historical figure like those normally commemorated with such memorials, it’s important to acknowledge such an influential cultural icon and his links to this historic town.
“The statue will be in traditional materials, appropriately sized and in keeping with the surrounding area. As such, it is felt that the installation will result in an overall positive impact upon the Market Place and, thus, the Conservation Area.
“Similarly, the proposed statue will not negatively impact upon the surrounding listed and historic buildings. The development seeks to improve the public realm and bring in more visitors and revenue to the area, hopefully leading to further investment and regeneration of this historic Potteries town.”
Lemmy Kilmister died on December 28, 2015 at the age of 70 after being diagnosed with cancer.