Over a week after the announcement of David Bowie’s death, the makeshift shrine in central Brixton continues to attract a steady stream of visitors.
Some leave flowers or mementos, some write messages on the walls or draw tributes, some sing Bowie songs, while others just take in the sight in quiet contemplation.
Like many people, we were devastated by the loss of Brixton’s most famous son, but we were perhaps a bit surprised by the intensity of the outpouring of grief and love that followed.
On the night the news broke, Brixton spontaneously responded with a huge street party in Windrush Square, while our own tribute in the Prince Albert made national news, with Coldharbour Lane so full of people it had to be closed down.
With the piles of flowers and tributes growing bigger every day, it occurred to us that Brixton really should have a permanent tribute to David Bowie for future generations to enjoy (after all, it hardly seems fair that Morleys should have to put up with having people writing all over its wall for years to come!).
And what better place for that than Windrush Square, scene of the huge Bowie party last Monday night?
We’re just thinking aloud here – and we’d very much like to hear your ideas – but we think something like a statue would hardly seem an appropriate way to celebrate the wildly creative legacy of Bowie.
Bowie was a man of vision, and someone who liked to do things differently, so surely any kind of memorial would have to reflect his ground-breaking art, rule-breaking orthodoxy and outsider-welcoming philosophy.
Perhaps it could be some kind of interactive installation, or something connected to space or the stars? Or something else?
We’d love to see the life and work of David Bowie celebrated in the heart of Brixton, and we feel confident that if a good enough idea was put forward, there would be no problem crowdfunding the memorial and, in turn, securing permission for its installation.
So what do you think? Should Brixton get a permanent Bowie memorial? What ideas have you got?
Please share them in the comments box below or tweet them out at #bowieforbrixton and let’s see if we can get this thing rolling!
Pictured above and below: the Bowie tributes in Brixton today.
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