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Artists seek $1.25 million for Bowie memorial in London

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/21/2017
Journalists watch a TV screen that shows the virtual memorial, during a press conference to announce a permanent memorial in Brixton to the late Ziggy Stardust singer David Bowie in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) © The Associated Press Journalists watch a TV screen that shows the virtual memorial, during a press conference to announce a permanent memorial in Brixton to the late Ziggy Stardust singer David Bowie in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON (AP) — Artists and activists want to create a permanent memorial to David Bowie in the London neighborhood where he was born.

Journalists watch a TV screen that shows the virtual memorial, during a press conference to announce a permanent memorial in Brixton to the late Ziggy Stardust singer David Bowie in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) © The Associated Press Journalists watch a TV screen that shows the virtual memorial, during a press conference to announce a permanent memorial in Brixton to the late Ziggy Stardust singer David Bowie in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Plans were unveiled Tuesday for a three-story-tall lightning bolt sculpture , inspired by the cover of Bowie's album "Aladdin Sane." The proposal is to install it across from the Brixton Underground station, beside a mural of Bowie as Aladdin Sane.

Journalists watch a TV screen that shows the virtual memorial, during a press conference to announce a permanent memorial in Brixton to the late Ziggy Stardust singer David Bowie in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) © The Associated Press Journalists watch a TV screen that shows the virtual memorial, during a press conference to announce a permanent memorial in Brixton to the late Ziggy Stardust singer David Bowie in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Charlie Waterhouse, one of the artists behind the idea, says it's meant to be "startling, stupid and utterly joyous in equal measure."

Activists are launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise 1 million pounds ($1.25 million) to build the artwork. The project has local government support.

Bowie was born David Jones on Jan. 8, 1947, in Brixton. He died on Jan. 10, 2016 at age 69.

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