You Can Help Build A David Bowie Lightning Bolt Memorial
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:10:39
Fans of David Bowie are raising money to build a large, red lightning bolt in the Brixton neighborhood of London where the musician was born.
The three storey memorial is to be modeled after Bowie's distinctive Aladdin Sane make-up, as featured on the 1973 album of the same name, and it will stand just five streets from the iconic artist's birthplace.
The statue is to accompany a mural painted by Australian artist Jimmy C. which also commemorates the Aladdin Sane epoch of Bowie's work. The artwork is across the street from the Brixton subway stop, and near several well-loved London clubs.
The project managers and artists driving the campaign for the lightning-bolt statue, are a group called This Ain't Rock'n'Roll. They are reportedly working on the project with the city of Brixton and Bowie's team in London and New York. The group is hoping to raise £990,000 (approximately $1.2 million) by March 21st.
Contributors to the cause will receive a variety of gifts from the crowdfunding campaign; T-shirts and pendants with the lightning bolt logo to limited edition Bowie prints and a 3D-printed replica of the statue are all up as rewards.
Last year, a different crowdfunding campaign raised £100,000 to build a memorial statue in the town of Aylesbury where Bowie first unveiled his Ziggy Stardust character. The city of Berlin also unveiled a memorial plaque on the building where Bowie lived from 1976 to 1978 — the recording location of his iconic Berlin trilogy, Low, Heroes and Lodger.
Whilst there is the obvious sadness that still surrounds Bowie's death, this project — one in a line of many celebrations of the man's life and art — seems like a joyous act of creativity. We can only hope the funds are raised and that Bowie fans get their hands on some of this once in a lifetime memorabilia.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff