David Bowie mural in Brixton to be protected
The mural of David Bowie that became a shrine to the “Starman” after his death is to be listed by the Lambeth Council to ensure it remains protected.
The mural is on the side of Morleys department store, a stroll from the legendary Brixton Academy and just opposite the Tube station for Brixton, the south London area where Bowie was born in 1947.
The artwork was visited by thousands of people, many of whom left flowers, message or gifts, in the days after Bowie passed away Jan. 10 following a battle with cancer.
Lambeth Council is considering renaming the spot where the mural sits and suggestions for a permanent memorial -- including a statue of the singer – are up for discussion.
"It is ultimately the family's decision as to what may be appropriate," said Councillor Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council in a statement.
The mural was painted back in 2013 by James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, a street artist who is originally from Adelaide in Australia.
“Before it was just a personal homage to a great artist... now it is going to become about that, about the legacy and about what he stood for,” James Cochran said. “His music always brought people together, but now, it’s really bringing people together,” he told Daily Mail Australia.