David Bowie mural for Warsaw
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A mural depicting British music legend David Bowie is to be painted in Warsaw, marking a 1970s stopover by the star in the Polish capital that inspired one of his songs.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Photobra|Adam Bielawski
Bowie, who died last month, was travelling on the Trans-Siberian line from Moscow to Berlin in 1973 when his train stopped in Warsaw.
Fascinated by the desolate, grey view outside the window, Bowie took a walk and in a local shop bought an album by Polish folk song and dance ensemble Śląsk, the PAP agency reported.
Bowie’s critically-acclaimed "Low" album of 1977 contained a song entitled "Warszawa", evoking the communist-era desolation of the Polish capital.
The “Warszawa" song is partly based on a recording of a composition entitled "Helokanie" by the Śląsk choir.
The Bowie mural is to appear near Warsaw’s Dworzec Gdański rail station.
Journalist and writer Beata Chomątowska, who came up with the idea for the mural, said a competition for a design would be launched this month. “The best design will be chosen in a vote by residents," she added. (pk)