Lambeth council could rename a street in Brixton after the late music icon
Lambeth council are considering naming a street after David Bowie following the “outpouring of affection” following the singer’s death.
Bowie, who passed away in January at the age of 69, was born in Brixton, south London. The mural, which existed to mark the singer’s work prior to his death, has since become a focus point and shrine to the late music icon.
The local council have since issued a statement confirming that they will protect and locally list the mural in order to ensure its longevity. It is also considering “many suggestions for a permanent memorial, including statues and place naming”. The mural is located in Tunstall Place, but the council are considering changing the street name to honour Bowie.
The statement reads: “Lambeth council is set to locally list the David Bowie mural beside Morleys in Brixton that became a shrine to the artist who died in January. Local listing would protect the mural and the council is also considering renaming the area where the mural is in Tunstall Place. The council is in contact with Bowie’s family about the many suggestions for a permanent memorial, including statues and place naming.”
Lib Peck, the leader of Lambeth council, said: “It is ultimately the family’s decision as to what may be appropriate. We must respect that and be patient. Lambeth residents have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection visibly demonstrated by floral tributes, messages and people visiting the Bowie mural to pay their respects to this unique ‘Brixton boy’.”
“We are also in contact with the Bowie fan club and other Brixton organisations who want to honour the memory and legacy of this extraordinary artist. We will share any word we get from his family that will determine what we do next.”
The existing mural is located on on the side of Morleys department store, who have agreed to preserve messages on the brick wall.
Earlier this year, thousands of fans gathered on the streets of Brixton to celebrate the life of David Bowie after his death was announced.