Giant mural honouring David Bowie goes on display in Bosnia

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Singer had bought art relating to the conflict in Bosnia in the 1990s.

A mural paying tribute to David Bowie has gone on display in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.

The artwork, measuring 13m (43ft) by 10.5m (34ft), was the idea of Bosnian singer Vedad Trbonja, who has hailed Bowie as “My spiritual father”.

It was created by local artists Enis Cisic – an illustrator for Marvel Comics – and Zoran Herceg and has been painted on the side of a ruined building. The building is in a district known as Sniper Alley, a reference to the area being at the centre of the Bosnian war of 1993-95. Sarajevo was a target of Bosnian Serb forces with civilians regularly targeted in the conflict.

Bowie had shown interest in the Bosnian conflict at its height. In 1994, the singer bought an anti-war painting by artist Peter Howson showing a Muslim Bosnian woman being raped.

Cisic and Herceg’s mural references Bowie’s hits ‘Fashion’ and ‘Heroes?’, with the slogan “Fashion changes, but you’ll always be my heroes” daubed above a painting of Bowie with his Ziggy Stardust stripe across his face.

The artwork was unveiled on Saturday, with a crowd of several hundred fans in attendance.

As NME reported last week, unreleased Bowie music will feature in new BBC4 documentary ‘The People’s History Of Pop’ to be broadcast in July.