Brixton boy: Much-loved David Bowie mural to be listed by Lambeth Council

By Joe Sheppard and Rory O’Connor

The David Bowie mural in Brixton that became a shrine after the singer’s death is to be listed as a permanent memorial by Lambeth Council.

The council are locally listing the mural to protect it and are even considering renaming the surrounding area in Bowie’s honour.

The mural on the side of Morleys department store that has attracted thousands of devoted fans was painted in 2013 by Australian street artist James Cochra, it depicts the artist as he was on the cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane during his Ziggy Stardust era.

As well as protecting the painting the council revealed it is in contact with Bowie’s family over further suggestions to commemorate the singer, including statues and place naming.

Lambeth Council leader Lib Peck said: “It is ultimately the family’s decision as to what may be appropriate. 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’.”

Brixton-born Bowie died at the age of 69 after a secret battle with liver cancer in January.

Fans flocked to the mural just hours after hearing the news of Bowie’s death and Tunstall Place became the centre of a global celebration of the musician’s legendary career.

Devotees left mountains of cards, flowers and candles on the pavement and broke into impromptu sing-a-longs.

Since Bowie’s death the council has worked to maintain the floral tributes that are still in their hundreds.

But most of the bouquets have disintegrated and it was announced that they will be removed this week.

Morleys will  preserve messages on the brick wall and non-perishable items such as drawings and cards will be stored in council archives.

Featured image courtesy of frankieleon, with thanks

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