Street in Austin renamed in David Bowie’s honour for one week only

Makeshift memorial to acknowledge 'all Bowie did for the music industry and more'

A street in Austin, Texas has been vandalised in tribute of David Bowie and authorities are allowing it to remain for one week in honour of the late star.

Bowie died on Sunday (January 10) at the age of 69 and cremated privately soon after. Reports say that he had been suffering from liver cancer for 18 months.

Austin 360 reports that the city’s Bowie Street was recently altered by an unknown individual to read ‘David Bowie Street’. The street was originally named after frontiersman Jim Bowie, who died in the Battle of the Alamo.


Upon learning of the news, authorities released a statement saying that they would allow it to remain until next week (January 19).

“The Austin Transportation Department has been notified that someone got creative with the street sign at Bowie and 5th Streets, changing the sign to read ‘David Bowie’ in memory of the musician and pop-culture icon,” the statement reads.


“We appreciate Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World and recognise David Bowie for all he did for the music industry and more. To this end, we will leave the sign up until Tuesday, January 19, so our community can enjoy the makeshift memorial a few days longer. At that time we will have to replace it with the real street name sign.”

Bowie released his final album ‘Blackstar’ on his 69th birthday last week (January 8), just days before passing away.