David Bowie memorial project launches plans to construct the ZiggyZag

A campaign to establish a permanent memorial to David Bowie in his birthplace of Brixton in London was launched today at the Royal Festival Hall.

The proposed artwork – termed the ‘ZiggyZag’ – is a 9 metre-tall version of Bowie’s famous ‘lightning flash’ make-up design which he sported on the cover of his 1973 album, Aladdin Sane. The planned location for the structure is Tunstall Road, opposite Brixton Underground station and just along from the Bowie mural created by artist Jimmy Cochran in 2013.

Plans for the artwork, which would be manufactured in steel and spray-painted red and blue, have been drawn up by artists This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, the duo behind the design of the Brixton Pound local currency that features Bowie on its B£10 note. The artists worked with Bowie’s team in London and New York, while the project also has backing from Lambeth Council.

The organisers of the David Bowie Memorial Crowdfunder campaign hope to reach a target of £1m via crowdfunder.co.uk/bowie by March 21 and a healthy selection of Bowie-related ‘rewards’ have been made available by This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, designer Jon Daniel and artist Daniel Fisher.

More details at davidbowie.community – the hashtag #ZiggyZag is also being used throughout the campaign. If successful the structure could be installed by September this year, according to the organisers.

Project manager (community): Binki Taylor, chair of the Brixton Pound and curator of the Brixton Design District of the London Design Festival; Project manager (construction): Tom Carter; Architectural and planning support: Zac Monro, Zac Monro Architects; Structural engineering: Structure Workshop; Fabrication: Benson Sedgwick; Paint & finishing: Bradleys Metal Finishers; Installation: Mtec group

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