Austin Street Sign Vandalized In Tribute To David Bowie; City Lets It Stay

Officials said "David Bowie Street" sign will stay up till next week.

In the days since David Bowie’s death, the world has been flooded with tributes for the singing legend -- from artwork to cover songs to emotional eulogies penned by fans and friends.

But among these tributes, one has stood out for its ballsy ingenuity: in Austin, Texas this week, someone has chosen to pay homage to Bowie with a brand new street sign.


As Austin360 notes, a sign on Bowie Street in downtown Austin was changed this week to read “David Bowie Street.”

The sign, the website says, is located near South By Southwest’s offices. Officials from SXSW, however, have claimed no responsibility for the tribute.

Remarkably, city officials have said that though the sign is technically an act of vandalism, they will not immediately take it down.

“We appreciate Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World and recognize David Bowie for all he did for the music industry and more,” the Austin Transportation Department said in a statement, per “To this end, we will leave the sign up until Tuesday, January 19, so our community can enjoy the makeshift memorial a few days longer. At that time we will have to replace it with the real street name sign.”

In a tweet Tuesday, even the city's mayor gave his stamp of approval for the new sign:

A petition has been launched this week calling for the permanent change of the street name to “David Bowie Street.” Thus far, more than 1,600 people have signed the petition.

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