David Bowie mural in Brixton 'to be listed'

Floral tributes placed in front of a mural of British singer David Bowie, painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, in Brixton, south London. Image copyright AFP
Image caption The mural was painted by Australian artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, in 2013

A mural of David Bowie that became a shrine to the musician after his death is to be listed by the council to ensure its long-term protection.

The mural is on the side of Morleys department store in Brixton, the south London area where the star was born.

Lambeth Council has said it is discussing with Bowie's family the possibility of a permanent memorial.

Suggestions include renaming Tunstall Place, where the mural is sited, and a statue to the musician.

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Image caption The star died from cancer in January

"It is ultimately the family's decision as to what may be appropriate," said Councillor Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council.

"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'.

"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," she added.

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Image caption Crowds of fans gathered at the mural on the day Bowie's death was announced and started an impromptu sing-along of his hits
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Image caption David Bowie was born in Brixton and grew up in the area

The council said it would preserve messages left on the brick wall next to the mural, and drawings and cards would be transferred to the council archives. Any remaining flowers near the mural will be removed next week, it said.

Bowie died from cancer in January at the age of 69.

The mural was created by Australian artist Jimmy C in 2013 after researching Bowie's life.

"There's not much street art out here, not compared to east London where I normally paint," he told Brixton Bugle newspaper.

"I found the wall and got the go-ahead from Morleys."

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