It’s sad to see that the David Bowie mural in Brixton – which has become a focus for grieving fans since his death in January this year – has now been defaced by fans.
Created by Australian street artist James Cochran in 2013, the mural opposite Brixton tube station continues to provide a focus for fans wanting to pay tribute to the Brixton-born musician and superstar.
At Brixton Buzz we’ve recorded the changing messages, artwork and flowers since the shrine was created, but recently visitors have taken to drawing directly over the portrait.
Back in May 2016, a message went up asking fans not to draw over the artwork, and after the mural was touched up by the artist in July, two permanent notices were attached requesting that fans kept their messages and dedications to the edges of the mural, and not on the ‘spheres’ or the portrait.
Sadly this message has gone unheeded, with more people now drawing all over the artwork, including an idiotic scrawl from some muppet Millwall football fan (above).
Although Lambeth Council announced that it was considering listing the mural as a permanent memorial back in March 2016, concerns must surely be growing that unless the artwork gets some sort of protective covering it may be irreparably damaged in the near future.
The Bowie mural can be found directly opposite Brixton tube station, just off the main road.