A sculpture of a guitar dedicated to one of Hull’s most famous sons has been unveiled in East Park.
Mick Ronson was famously part of David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars, as well as going on to have a career alongside Lou Reed and many other famous names, and is frequently polled as one of the country’s greatest guitarists.
Now, the 8ft sculpture dedicated to Ronson has been unveiled in East Park’s new Michael Ronson Garden of Reflection by his sister, Maggie.
Hull College students were submitted to design a fitting sculpture for the guitarist, with 18-year-old Janis Skodins’ guitar sculpture chosen as the winning creation.
Janis said: “I wanted to put some of his character and signature moves in the design and I found that he had things like strings over hanging on his guitar, which I included.
“I’m surprised by my design being chosen to be made into an 8ft version but I’m really proud and excited to see the final piece.”
Ronson played a key role in arranging and producing the Ziggy Stardust album. Later he produced Mott the Hoople’s All the Young Dudes album and co-produced Lou Reed’s Transformer, on which he played lead guitar and piano on the classic track Perfect Day.
His former Spiders From Mars colleague Woody Woodmansey recently returned to Hull City Hall to perform a tribute to lost band members and to signify Hull’s year as UK City of Culture 2017.
Ronson died in 1993 aged 46. Before hitting the heights of fame, the Greatfield-based guitarist worked for Hull Parks and Gardens and tended to East Park and Queens Gardens.
Campbell Engineering has created the guitar sculpture out of steel free of charge. Below the guitar is a steel record disc base, engraved with some of Mick’s family’s favourite compositions.
Councillor Mary Glew, who initiated the centenary plaque scheme in her time as Lord Mayor, said: “Mick Ronson left an enduring legacy to the world of contemporary music and this sculpture, along with the Garden of Reflection and Centenary Plaque, is a fitting tributes to his memory.
“It has been nice to involve other local artistic talent in the form of Hull College students who have done a fantastic job in the design work.
“I hope people enjoy visiting the Garden and reflecting on Mick’s life and legacy.”