If David Bowie Doesn’t Get His Face on the £20 Note, He Might Get His Own Constellation

Getting your face on money is pretty much impossible unless you’re a monarch or major politician. But who says that it has to be this way?

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition to have David Bowie’s image–any image–grace the £20 note. A new bill is scheduled to be launched in the spring so the timing is favourable. How about something like this?

It’s a longshot, yes, but who knows, right? And if the banknote thing doesn’t work out, what about a Bowie lightning bolt constellation? Starman returning to the stars? Maybe. From DDB Brussels:

Studio Brussels wanted to give David Bowie a fitting tribute: an own constellation. Along with public observatory MIRA, Studio Brussel registered seven stars in the form of Bowie’s iconic thunderbolt. Bowie takes on a symbolic place alongside the 88 existing constellations. “It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars,” says Philippe Mollet from MIRA. “Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy. Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars – Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis – in the vicinity of Mars. The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death. “

Take a look. More images can be found here.


The Man Who Fell to Earth indeed…


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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