Painted in 2013 by Australian artist Jimmy C, the David Bowie mural located in Tunstall Place in the area of Brixton in South London near a Morley’s department store is aimed at being preserved by the Lambeth Council. The singer was born in the same area on the 9th of January 1947 where he equally saw himself growing up. The mural shows the face of the musician in his Aladdin Sane make up which is the visual appearance the singer opted for when he released his 6th studio album of the same name in the early 1970s.
The area of Brixton became the place where individuals gathered following the passing of the singer on the 10th of January 2016, 2 days after he celebrated his 69th birthday. A reunion by the mural took place on the same day the singer passed away where individuals left flowers, cards, mementos, photographs, candles and other objects to pay their tribute to the singer and with the aim of celebrating his contribution to music and art. The Lambeth Council may, as well as aiming at preserving the mural, keep all objects such as photographs, cards, postersetc, left by many in the Council archive.
Artists also paid their homage to David Bowie following his passing in January including the Brit award ceremony which took place last February in London and which saw New-Zealand born singer Lorde perform David Bowie song entitled ‘Life on Mars’. Other artists with the likes of his long time friend Annie Lennox showed their respect to the singer, visual artist and sometimes actor. Across the Atlantic, the Grammy Awards ceremony organised a performance delivered by American singer Lady Gaga which saw the woman performing a mix of the singer’s most renowned songs including ‘Rebel, rebel’, ‘Space Oddity’ or ‘Let’s dance’ to name a few.
David Bowie gained success in the late 60s, a success which has endured through the years and offered him the status of inspiration and innovator he still may be today. Indeed, he is renowned to have changed the musical landscape through his songs as well as his physical appearance whichalso played an important part in his success and recognition. The character of Ziggy Stardust he created upon the release of his 5th studio album named ‘The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust’ on the 16th of June 1972, a conceptual album which depicts the story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust, who may be defined as David Bowie’s alter ego. He accompanied this concept with the famous make up and eccentric outfits he adorned while performing his material on stage. This album has been considered one of the greatest albums of all time. It features his most famous song such as ‘Starman’.
David Bowie has in total recorded 25 studio albums and his last ever studio record saw its release on his 69th birthday earlier this year. It has been described by his co-producer Tony Visconti as a parting gift for those appreciative of his art and music. David Bowie passed away a couple of a days after its release and this album reached number 1 in the UK charts for a total of 3 weeks to be then followed by his ‘best of’ reaching the number 1 position.
As well as having impacted the world of music, David Bowie also played as an actor in movies such as ‘Labyrinth’ directed by Jim Henson, a musical fantasy film which tells the story of a 15 years old girl who tries to rescue her baby brother who is kidnapped by the Goblin King, played by Bowie. (8)
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