David Bowie Mural To Be "Listed" As Lambeth Council Consider Renaming Street After Star
21 March 2016, 18:00
Lambeth council have confirmed they are in contact with Bowie's family over how to best honour the 'Brixton boy'.
David Bowie's mural in Brixton is set to become listed, following the outpouring of tributes that appeared since his passing on Sunday 10 January.
Lambeth Council confirmed on their website that they will "locally list" the mural near Morleys department store and are "in contact with Bowie’s family about the many suggestions for a permanent memorial, including statues and place naming".
Leader of Lambeth council, Lib Peck, said: “It is ultimately the family’s decision as to what may be appropriate. 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’."
She added: “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. We will share any word we get from his family that will determine what we do next.”
The council also revealed that Lambeth's street team have been discretely cleaning and maintaining the floral tributes, but they will be removed next week.
The council has, however, commissioned photographs of the mural and all surrounding tributes which will be mounted and given to Morleys, the 02, Pop Brixton and any other organisations that wish to display them.
The council adds that "non-perishable" items like drawings and cards will be stored in the council archives.
Bowie's handwritten Jean Genie lyrics are up for auction and are expected to fetch tens of thousands of pounds.
The classic track from Bowie's Aladdin Sane album is being listed on US auction house, Paddle 8, with bids for the item starting at £35,000.
The auction website writes that the 18-line song is the "only complete set of lyrics by Bowie to ever appear at auction."