David Bowie memorial planned for Brixton
The iconic lightning flash from David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane LP cover could be recreated as a large memorial in Brixton.
The local community and a group of well-known artists are planning to get approval for a permanent Bowie memorial in the place of his birth.
The artists, This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll – designers of the Brixton Pound paper currency that features Bowie on the £10 note – have reimagined the lightning flash as a gravity-defying red and blue-sprayed stainless steel piece of public art.
Standing approximately 9m-high, the steel monument will be located next to Brixton underground station, five streets away from Bowie’s Stansfield Road birthplace, and situated next to Jimmy C’s internationally famous Aladdin Sane mural.
This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll’s Charlie Waterhouse said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the international David Bowie community to come together to deliver a heartfelt thank you.
“A thank you to a man who changed our lives – and changed the world. A thank you not from government, nor from industry, but from us. The people. The fans.”
There is a campaign to raise £1M to make the memorial a reality via a crowd-funding scheme. This entails a large number of people each being asked to donate a small amount of money.