A permanent memorial to David Bowie is planned for Brixton, his place of birth. The nine-metre high memorial will be located in Tunstall Road opposite Brixton tube and near the Bowie mural. The structure will turn the make-up flash from the cover of Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane into a giant sculpture made from spray-painted 20mm steel plate.
A crowdfunding campaign for £990,000 was launched today (Tuesday 21) at the South Bank. Visit Facebook for details. Speakers at the launch included Binki Taylor, chair of Brixon Pound, the artist Charlie Waterhouse of This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, together with Zac Monro of Channel 4’s Grand Designs and the project manager Tomas Carter.
Brixton Pound runs a pay-as-you-feel community café in Brixton and features Bowie on its £10 notes. Creative agency This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll designed the Brixton Pound “David Bowie” notes.
Binki Tayor said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment. There has been a huge amount of work going into this behind the scenes, and we are delighted to have developed the plans in consultation with David Bowie’s team in London and New York. It’s a spectacular and very fitting tribute, in Brixton where the star was born.”
Charlie Waterhouse, of This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, said: “It’s a monument that’s at once baffling yet immediately familiar – a reminder that there’s always another narrative. Startling, stupid and utterly joyous in equal measure this is a piece of public art that the whole community can be proud of.
“It’s totally Brixton, utterly Bowie. Where the Man Who Fell to Earth fell to earth, a heartfelt tribute, from one London character to another.”
Lambeth council leader Lib Peck said: “Brixton has become central to David Bowie’s huge legacy, so what better place for this stunning and imaginative memorial to this locally born legend. This is a bold and ambitious proposal, and I’d encourage his fans to really get behind the scheme by supporting this crowdfunding push.”