A year after David Bowie’s untimely death, a series of events took place around Brixton, with the shrine proving a major focus for those gathering to mark both his birthday and the first anniversary of his passing.
Created by Australian street artist James Cochran in 2013, the Bowie 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, and this is a record of what we saw over January 2107:
David Bowie was born on 8th January 1947, prompting a fresh display of flowers from fans.
Bowie famously lived on a diet of milk, peppers and cocaine in the mid-1970s.
Such was his epic consumption of coke, Bowie says he remembers almost nothing of the production of his album ‘Station to Station’—not even the studio sessions. The singer admitted, “I know it was in L.A. because I’ve read it was.”
A young fan leaves a message.
Two women sit down with a bottle of wine to toast Bowie’s birthday.
To the left can be seen a press photo of the Kon-rads, the first band Bowie recorded with, back in August 1963.
The mural had been repainted several times after fans had drawn all over it.
On the 10th January – the anniversary of his death – crowds gathered around the mural, with a street party taking place late into the night.
Earlier that day, the council had finally put on a plastic covering to protect the artwork.
See more street party photos here.
The mural now protected by a transparent cover.
Bowie mural in the rain.
This framed photo seems to reappear regularly – we’d love to hear the story behind the photo.
The Bowie mural can be found directly opposite Brixton tube station, just off the main road.