To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham (May 31, 2018), artist Mark Richards installed a memorial sculpture in Bonham's hometown of Redditch, England. Bonham's sister Denise was the driving force behind getting the funding and approval for the sculpture.
According to a story in UltimateClassicRock.com, the sculpture stands 6 feet high, 16 feet wide and weighs more than 5,000 pounds. One side features Bonham pounding away at his kit. On the back of the gong is his full name, John Henry Bonham, and his birthdate (May 31, 1948) and the day of his death (Sept. 25, 1980) encircling the Led Zeppelin IV symbol that represents him. Below it reads, "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 admitted on twitter (below) he was inspired by the cover artwork of Houses of the Holy.
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
Yes - well spotted. And there are other references to #ledzeppelin graphics woven into the composition.— Mark Richards (@markxrichards) May 31, 2018