Bowie remembered in Berlin

A porcelain plaque, commemorating the life of David Bowie, who died earlier this year, is to be installed outside the building in which he lived in what was then West Berlin.

From 1976 to 1979, Bowie shared an apartment at Hauptstrasse 155 with fellow musician Iggy Pop, and which is where he worked on the albums, Low, “Heroes” and Lodger, three seminal albums which have become known collectively as the Berlin Trilogy.

The legend on the plaque gives Bowie’s dates and references the three albums.

It also features a quote from one of his most iconic songs: “We can be heroes, just for one day”.

The address has been a tourist attraction for Bowie fans for years. On the day his death was announced in January fans bringing candles and flowers turned it into a virtual shrine to the musician.

Several doors down is the gay café Neues Ufer, which in the 70s was then known as Anderes Ufer and was Bowie’s favoured local.

Aware that some fans might want to steal the plaque as a souvenir, a spokesperson of the Royal Porcelain Factory who produced the plaque said that it would be so securely mounted that it would be almost impossible to steal.

However she did say that, should the unthinkable happen, they had made provision to replace the plaque within 24 hours.

The plaque to David Bowie will be unveiled on Monday at Hauptstasse 155 in the Schöneberg district of Berlin.