When news of his death emerged earlier this month, there was only going to be one point of pilgrimage for David Bowie’s fans to pay tribute to their idol – The mural of him in Brixton, where he grew up.
That mural was the first thing i’d thought of whenever the news filtered through just before 7am on 11th January. I’d actually visited it in 2014, purely by accident. I’ll get to that later. Due to the nature of street art, I wasn’t sure if it would still be there nearly two years later, but i’m glad it was.
In 2014, I headed to London for a weekend away. Checking the concert listings, I saw that Tom Odell was playing in Brixton. I’d wanted to go to this but there were no tickets available online, so I thought i’d pop down to the venue box office to chance my arm.
While there, I stumbled upon the mural of Bowie. For the record, I wasn’t able to get a ticket for Tom Odell. Still, getting to see a mural of David Bowie made it a worthwhile trip to Brixton.
If you want to see David Bowie immortalised on a wall, you don’t have to go to Brixton though.
I’ve no immediate plans to visit Dublin, but I do plan on at least doing a day trip during the summer. Hopefully, when I do arrive there, both pieces will still be there for me to see in the flesh.
Not to be outdone, Belfast would soon be getting it’s own mural, done by renowned local artist Visual Waste.
I popped down on Tuesday lunchtime when it was a work in progress, and then again when it was a finished piece two days later.
If you want to see it in person, it’s on Gresham Street, beside The Hudson Bar.