Provocation

Following the death of David Bowie, artists across all disciplines rose to engage the legacy of David Bowie in tributes to his unique spirit and impact across the arts. The following proposal is Ivy's small offering to an artist whose music and legend guided her teenage years. Her tribute manifested in a cenotaph for the late Bowie, a physical monument to his cultural impact and afterlife.

Here I am, not quite dying
— The Next Day
 

David Bowie positioned himself as a cultural outsider, intentionally just beyond the territorial fringe of pop culture. From his satellite position he could observe relatively undisturbed, and when ready, intervene in the flow of pop culture with deliberate and thoughtful work, thereby altering its course.

 

Site Logic

Mirroring Bowie's satellite approach to our popular culture, this cenotaph sites itself upon the most alien of our planet's satellites, the moon. Through a language derived from Bowie's own British pride and its Neolithic Celtic architecture and his numerous residences during his lifetime, the structure took form in its subterranean intervention to the moon surface.

Sited on the border just between the light and dark sides of the moon - between our known world and the alien, the empty structure poses a challenge back to humanity.

How do we negotiate our creative impulse in its necessity to intervene in our own world and its ability to draw on the infinite unknown? What meaning do we, as artists fill into the voids that inhabit that infinite boundary between our very selves and all the beauty of our human world?