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A mural of David Bowie that became a shrine to the “Starman” after his death is to be listed by the council to ensure it remains protected.
The mural is on the side of Morleys department store, a stroll from the legendary Brixton Academy and just opposite the tube station for Brixton, the South London area where Bowie was born in 1947.
The artwork was visited by thousands of people, many of whom left flowers, message or gifts, in the days after Bowie passed away on Jan. 10 following a battle with cancer.
Lambeth Council has said it’s considering renaming the spot where the mural sits, and suggestions for a permanent memorial — including a statue of the singer — are up for discussion.
“It is ultimately the family’s decision as to what may be appropriate,” said Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council, in a statement.
“We must respect that and be patient. Lambeth residents have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection visibly demonstrated by floral tributes, messages and people visiting the Bowie mural to pay their respects to this unique ‘Brixton boy.’
“We are also in contact with the Bowie fan club and other Brixton organizations who want to honor the memory and legacy of this extraordinary artist. We will share any word we get from his family that will determine what we do next,” she added.
Morleys will preserve messages left on the brick wall, while nonperishable items like drawings and cards will be transferred to the council archives.
Australian artist Jimmy C created the mural in 2013 after researching Bowie’s life. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted legend died from cancer at the age of 69, just two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar.
The story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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