A true creative inspiration both in life and death, David Bowie.
Yesterday it was announced that music legend David Bowie had died after an 18 month battle with cancer. The floods of tributes from devastated fans flew around the internet via social media, news articles and blog posts. Looking through the ways many expressed their feelings of loss, it was clear that people wanted to honor this creative genius in a befitting fashion. We wanted to look through the wonderful creative outlets that people have produced to honor their hero and express their grief.
This, a series of hand-drawn illustrations by UK-based illustrator Helen Green, depicts the many faces of Bowie through the ages. It shows the many personas he donned throughout his career and his ability to invent and reinvent himself time and time again. It proved a popular choice among the people of Twitter and Facebook, many of whom shared the animation to show their respects to the star.
Alongside the many visual tributes, others expressed themselves in words. It takes creativity to say something that truly expresses grief in a poignant and eloquent way. This one liner from actor Simon Pegg, however, does that perfectly; a beautifully put together set of words that shows how much David Bowie meant to him and the impact he had on the world around him.
Simon Pegg: “If you are sad today, just remember the world is 4 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.”
Another from the art world, this simple but powerful illustration by French Graphic Designer Jean Jullien, showing only David Bowie’s eyes is a strong image that symbolises one of the singers unique characteristics. Bowie had anisocoria – a condition which causes the pupils to develop in different sizes. Despite all his faces and different personas his distinctive eyes were the one unique trait that remained the same throughout his life.
After he heard about the singer’s death on the news, Kris Nicol, an organ player from Glasgow, decided to play Life on Mars during the regular lunchtime organ recital. His efforts were filmed and put online, causing his performance to go viral. The video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on Facebook alone. We love the spontaneity of this special tribute and it’s obvious others agree.
Sometimes it just takes a little creative action to spark something truly amazing. The mass gathering of people at a Brixton memorial is an example of this. The event started out as a sombre occasion with people simply laying flowers. When a nearby flat opened its window and started blasting out ‘Heroes’ this drew in passers by. Fireworks were set off and a makeshift dance floor was made as the crowd sang along to the music. The simple act of playing a song by the artist turned a quiet memorial into a huge celebration of life. It says something about what David Bowie’s music was capable of and what it meant to people.
The number of people that have shown tribute to the life of David Bowie is far more than we could possibly cover in one article. However, what is truly amazing about the masses of tributes is that in his death as well in his life, David Bowie was a true creative inspiration to the whole world and will be missed.
Rest in peace Ziggy.