In a fifty year career he blazed a trail that brought joy to millions, changing lives and opening minds. Many of us would not be the people we are, were it not for Bowie.
When David Bowie died, Brixton also lost a son.
David Bowie, our Brixton boy.
Now, in consultation with David Bowie’s team in New York and London, the Brixton community is building a permanent memorial in the place of his birth.
And then some.
Recreating the iconic lightning flash from Duffy’s Aladdin Sane LP cover in gravity-defying red and blue-sprayed stainless steel, this is a monumental piece of public art.
Just as an otherworldly David Bowie landed in our lives, the memorial (is it too soon to call it the ZiggyZag?) stands embedded in the Brixton pavement – a three storey tall bolt from above. A nine metre missive from another dimension, hurled from afar.
Unexplained, yet utterly familiar; a poignant reminder that life does exist beyond the everyday. That music and art and curiosity are vital, positive contributors to our collective existence.
Our location could not be more iconic.
Five streets away from Bowie’s Stansfield Road birthplace, and situated next to Jimmy C’s internationally famous Aladdin Sane mural – smack-bang-opposite Brixton tube – the memorial will be the first thing most visitors see when they come to Brixton.
In the morning, the rising sun will shine directly on the structure – welcome respite for all us commuters. By night, Brixton Academy/Electric/Windmill gig-goers will be welcomed by a dramatically-lit scene.
Standing across the road from the equally famous Electric Avenue, the memorial will be a defining part of this most iconic neighbourhood.
At once completely out-there and utterly down-to-earth.
We’ve got an amazing selection of unique rewards for crowdfund supporters.
If you pledge £20 (about US$25) or more on a reward your name will automatically be featured on the supporter roll of fame on the official David Bowie Memorial website.
But that’s just the start…
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