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Lambeth’s David Bowie mural to be listed

By | Published on Tuesday 22 March 2016

Lambeth Bowie mural

A mural of David Bowie in Lambeth that became a shrine to the musician following his death is to be granted listed status. As well as protecting the artwork, the local council is considering renaming Tunstall Place where it is situated.

Lambeth Council leader Lib Peck said in a statement: “It is ultimately the family’s decision as to what may be appropriate [regarding renaming the street]. We must respect that and be patient. Lambeth residents have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection visibly demonstrated by floral tributes, messages and people visiting the Bowie mural to pay their respects to this unique ‘Brixton boy'”.

“We are also in contact with the Bowie fan club and other Brixton organisations who want to honour the memory and legacy of this extraordinary artist”, she continued. “We will share any word we get from his family that will determine what we do next”.

The council’s street cleaning team has been maintaining the floral tributes that sit around a mural since Bowie’s death in January. However, these will be removed next week. Morleys departments store, upon whose wall the mural is painted, has committed to preserve messages written on the wall, while items such as drawings and cards will be stored in the council archives.

No word yet on whether a mural in Sheffield will receive similar protection.