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David Bowie Fans Are Trying to Raise £1million for a Spectacular Memorial in Brixton

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Music Editor
Updated: 28 February 2017
A campaign has been launched to build a three-storey memorial in Brixton for late singer David Bowie.

Artists have designed a nine-metre metal version of Bowie’s iconic ‘ziggy-zag’ makeup that he wore on the cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane.

The ‘gravity-defying’ blue and red steel memorial, which would rise to three storeys, would be ’embedded in the Brixton pavement’.

The memorial is a tribute to the cover of Aladdin Sane
The memorial is a tribute to the cover of Aladdin Sane | © EMI Music

The design of the memorial was revealed yesterday at the Royal Festival Hall by campaign group This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, who are hoping to raise £1million for the project.

Artist Charlie Waterhouse, who came up with the design, said: ‘It’s a monument that’s at once baffling yet immediately familiar – a reminder that there’s always another narrative.

Artists impression of Bowie tribute
Artists impression of Bowie tribute | ©This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll

‘Startling, stupid and utterly joyous in equal measure, this is a piece of public art that the whole community can be proud of.’

The proposed site would be on Tunstall Road, opposite Brixton Underground station, just five streets from Bowie’s birthplace on Stansfield Road and next to Jimmy C’s famous Aladdin Sane mural that was created in 2013.

Artists impression of Bowie tribute
Artists impression of Bowie tribute | ©This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll

The group has already raised over £28,000 but estimate the cost of building the structure to be around £600,000, while the rest of the money will go to taxes and services.

Binki Taylor, chair of Brixton Pound, which is managing the project, 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.

Artists impression of Bowie tribute
Artists impression of Bowie tribute | ©This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll

‘It’s a spectacular and very fitting tribute, in Brixton where the star was born.’

Lambeth Council is also backing the project. Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader, 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?

Bowie passed away from cancer in January 2016
Bowie passed away from cancer in January 2016 | ©Jo Atmon/Creative Commons

‘This is a bold and ambitious proposal, and I’d encourage his fans to really get behind the scheme by supporting this crowdfunding push.’

If you’re interested in donating, be sure to visit the memorial’s crowdfunding page.