On Saturday, May 28, a group of artists unveiled a massive mural of the late David Bowie in Sarajevo to commemorate the British musician’s humanitarian work during the Bosnian war.
Over 300 people attended the inauguration of the mural, while Bowie’s “Space Oddity” played in the background. Letters on the mural read: “Fashion changes, but you’ll always be my heroes.”
The mural—43 ft. high and 34 ft. wide—is painted on a building on the university campus, a short distance from the street once known as Sniper Alley, and is intended to symbolize the way Bosnia has changed since the end of the 1992-95 war.
Sketches were done by Marvel comics illustrator Enis Cisic and turned into the mural by painter Zoran Herceg, who took a month and half to complete it. The plan to immortalize Bowie, who died of cancer at age 69 on January 10, was initially concocted by local musician Vedad Trbonja.
Bowie influenced countless artists and has been sampled by numerous Hip Hop heavyweights, including Public Enemy, EPMD, Ice Cube, J Dilla, and Dr. Dre.