David Bowie Fans Aim to Fund Huge “Lightning Bolt” Memorial


David Bowie Fans Aim to Fund Huge “Lightning Bolt” Memorial

–Joe Lund

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to erect a permanent memorial to David Bowie in his hometown of Brixton, in South London. As reported by the BBC, the proposed blue-and-red monument—nicknamed the “ZiggyZag”—is based on the lightning bolt featured on Bowie’s 1973 album, Aladdin Sane. The 30-foot-tall structure would be situated opposite the town’s public transit station, making it the first thing visitors to Brixton would likely see upon their arrival. The site is located just five streets from Bowie’s actual birthplace.

A group called This Ain’t Rock ‘n’ Roll is spearheading the project. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the international David Bowie community to come together to deliver a heartfelt thank you,” said Charlie Whitehouse, a representative for the organization. “A thank you to a man who changed our lives–and changed the world. A thank you not from government, nor from industry, but from us. The people. The fans. Us ordinary weirdos who were never quite the same again after meeting the Thin White Duke.”

Organizers of the campaign hope to raise approximately $1.2 million to cover the monument’s estimated cost. Bowie representatives in New York and London are consulting with leaders of the project, which has the support of the council of London’s Lambeth borough. Praising the proposed memorial as “bold and ambitious,” Lambeth Council leader Lib Peck said, “Brixton has become central to David Bowie’s huge legacy, so what better place for this stunning and imaginative memorial to this locally born legend?”

To learn more, or to make a contribution to the project, visit the campaign’s crowdfunding page.