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Brixton oddity? Zac Monro unveils 'gravity defying' £1m Bowie memorial


Plans have been unveiled by architect Zac Monro for a £1 million, three-storey lightning bolt memorial to the late David Bowie in his birthplace of Brixton

The proposed 9m-tall, spray-painted steel structure is a re-creation of Bowie’s iconic 1973 Aladdin Sane album cover, and will sit in Tunstall Road adjacent to the existing Bowie mural. 

Zac Monro of Zac Monro Architects is providing architectural and planning support for the scheme, which is also being developed by artist Charlie Waterhouse, creative director of This Ain’t Rock ‘n’ Roll, with engineering support from Tomas Carter. 

‘When you think about a monument, you don’t want it to be another another silver bust of Freddie Mercury,’ said Monro, who is known for being the architect on Channel 4 show Inside Out Homes. ‘Whenever you do a figurative bronze or a cast of someone, it looks weird.

’It’s just not good enough for Brixton and it’s not good enough for Bowie. It has to be something strong, and Bowie was all about ideas. It’s a very pure and simple idea. It’s a bolt that has fallen from heaven and has landed there, a bit like him. Very abrstract, almost iconic … it’s about the idea and not the physical man.’

Dubbed the ‘ZiggyZag’, the crowdfunded project needs to raise £990,000 in the next 26 days in order to make the vision a reality. So far, £36,692 has been raised. According to the website launching the campaign, the memorial will be a ‘spectacular, gravity-defying structure’.

The plans have been developed in consultation with David Bowie’s team in New York, and have the support of Lambeth Council.

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.

‘This is a bold and ambitious proposal, and I’d encourage his fans to really get behind the scheme by supporting this crowd-funding push.’

Bowie, known for his alter egos such as the androgynous Ziggy Stardust, as well as hits including Space Oddity, Heroes, and Fame, died from liver cancer in January last year. 

The AJ understands that plans are expected to be submitted to Lambeth Council in April.






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  • Disappointingly pompous and without subtlety or irony

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  • Truly dull and unimaginative. This is a 'one joke' work and, like all such, will quickly become boring and un-noticed, despite its intended impact.

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