According to KENS 5-TV in San Antonio, legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne is featured on the first-ever Fiesta medal from Artpace, a local non-profit dedicated to the advancement of contemporary art.
The medal, which was designed by artist Jim Mendiola and Ruben Ortiz-Torres, pictures Ozzy as a bat, with an upside-down Alamo serving as each wing.
“We sold out in 48 hours online,” said Artpace executive director Amanda Cruz.
Ozzy was reportedly banned from ever performing in San Antonio after he was arrested in 1982 for urinating on The Alamo, the Texas landmark and shrine.
“It’s all in good fun,” Cruz said.
In 1992, Ozzy reportedly donated $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas — caretakers of The Alamo, before being allowed to perform again in San Antonio. Ozzy stated at the time: “We all have done things in our lives that we regret. I am deeply honored that the people of San Antonio have found it in their hearts to have me back. I hope that this donation will show that I have grown up.”
According to the Boston Herald, Ozzy never actually urinated on the walls of The Alamo.
“It’s just not true,” one Alamo guide told the paper. “If he had, the police wouldn’t have arrested him. They would have beaten him to within an inch of his life.”
“What happened was he was with a bunch of bandmembers after the show,” added the guide. “They were dawdling and he had to go. When he couldn’t get them to leave he just unzipped his trousers and went right where he was standing.”
Where Ozzy was standing was across the street from The Alamo at the stately, 60-foot-high Cenotaph. Erected in 1939 by the Texas Centennial Commission, the name Cenotaph means a monument erected in honor of a dead person whose remains lie elsewhere.
Check out a video report from KENS 5-TV below.