The world has been in collective mourning for the past three days after the unexpected news hit that one of music’s greatest icons and innovators had passed. But rather than grieving his death, fans of David Bowie have celebrated his life. Like in Brixton, where thousands went outside to dance in the street, chanting his songs until deep in the night.
In Berlin, his home during the late seventies, fans went on pilgrimages to Bowie’s old apartment on Neuköln’s Hauptstraße to lay flowers and candles, in tribute to the musical chameleon, who had released his last album and apparent requiem ‘Black Star’ just days before his death.
Today, the Dutch city of Utrecht paid respect to the artist in its own beautiful way, by letting the church bells of the central Domtoren church chime Bowie’s 1969 breakthrough hit ‘Space Oddity’. We can’t think of a more grandiose way to say goodbye.