A crowdfunding campaign to bring a lightning-bolt statue in memory of the late David Bowie to south London, is aiming to raise just under £1 million in 28 days. The campaign, which launched on the Crowdfunder website last week, was organised by a group of designers called ‘This Ain’t Rock and Roll’. The proposed memorial is based on Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover, which was photographed by Brian Duffy and featured Bowie with a bold red lightning bolt painted on his face. It’s become just one of many iconic images associated with the star. The memorial itself would take the form of a nine metre tall flash painted in blue and red.
The group worked with Bowie’s team in London and New York on the memorial. They hope it will be erected close to Bowie’s birthplace at Stansfield Road in Brixton, and next to a well-known Aladdin Sane mural. The campaign aims to raise just under £990,000 in the next 28 days. It has accumulated just £44,474 at the time of writing. The campaign’s organisers, said: “Recreating the iconic lightning flash from Duffy’s Aladdin Sane LP cover in gravity-defying red and blue-sprayed stainless steel, this is a monumental piece of public art. Just as an otherworldly David Bowie landed in our lives, the memorial stands embedded in the Brixton pavement – a three-storey tall bolt from above.”
Born and raised in Brixton, Bowie studied art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. He was the subject of a major retrospective at London’s V&A in 2013, and his death followed the release of the Blackstar album, which featured a cover designed to reflect the musician’s mortality by long-time graphic design collaborator Jonathan Barnbrook. Earlier this year, The UK postal service announced it will commemorate Bowie with a set of postage stamps featuring images of six of his most iconic album covers.