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Published February 6th 2017
Local Love for the Space Boy
As it has been a little more than a year now since the famous British singer, and cultural icon passed, let's have a look at a place where people come together to commemorate the life of the great man.
The memorial became iconic, and also protected, after the news of Bowie's death brought hundreds of people to Tunstall Road and a mural painted on the side of a wall of a department store in Brixton (the original birthplace of David Bowie). Flowers, messages and pictures were either left under the image, attached to the wall or written directly onto the surface of the plaster, with people painting their faces, singing or simply bowing their heads in reflection to the local boy of Brixton.
Once the work of the graffiti artist Jimmy C, the mural is now the property of everyone in Brixton and beyond, the image secured under plexiglass to keep it from damage, as people come throughout the year, and especially on his birthday to reflect on the life of the icon.
To access the image couldn't be easier, as it is practically all the way across the road from the entrance to Brixton underground station.
Ideas for a more permanent memorial to the singer are being touted - including a permanent statue, so whether this mural is in the thoughts of the council for the long-term remains to be seen. My advice, see it while you can as soon as you can, as even if you don't consider yourself a fan of the musician, you will be affected by this simple, beautiful outpouring of emotion to a sadly missed singer who started off in Brixton before looking for Life on Mars.