You’d never know it, because his name is more relevant now than it was when he was alive, but David Bowie has been gone for over a year now. They say that time heals all wounds, even though they probably never spent an entire flight listening to Hunky Dory or Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), but for many Bowie fans 13 months hasn’t been long enough to heal the emotional gap left by the sudden passing of the famed artist.
Thankfully, fans in London will soon be able to experience his creatively adventurous spirit every time they come up from the underground metro, as it looks like Bowie will be honored with a memorial in the form of an enormous lightning bolt to be built the Brixton district of London where he was born.
According to the Brixton Blog, the community of Brixton launched a crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday in hopes of raising £990,000 to build a giant sculpture in the form of a lightning bolt that Bowie fans will recognize from his makeup look on the cover of his 1973 album, Aladdin Sane. The monument, which according to the crowdfunding page would be built from stainless steel and stand around 9 meters high and nearly 7 meters wide, will be placed right by the entrance of Brixton's underground metro station, and just five streets away from Bowie's birthplace on Stansfield Rd. The flash looking sculpture would be painted blue and red as seen in the photos below.
As of Tuesday evening EST, the campaign has only raised £22,689, which isn’t too bad for its first day of raising money, but still has a long way to go before the enormous monument becomes a reality.
“Unexplained, yet utterly familiar,” it reads on the crowdfunding page. “A poignant reminder that life does exist beyond the everyday. That music and art and curiosity are vital, positive contributors to our collective existence.”
Rewards for donating to the memorial range from t-shirts to jewelry to limited edition Bowie artwork. For more information on how to donate money or to find out more about the Official David Bowie Community, click here.