New York pop-up exhibition celebrates David Bowie's 75th birth anniversary


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Jacket patches for sale are pictured inside 'Bowie 75', a new David Bowie interactive pop-up exhibit and shop in Soho neighbourhood of Manhattan, in New York. Photo: Reuters

A pop-up shop-cum-exhibition in New York is celebrating David Bowie on his upcoming 75th birth anniversary.

Located in the Manhattan neighbourhood of Soho where the British singer lived, the multimedia experience, entitled Bowie 75, will remain open free of charge through January. The date of Bowie's birthday, Jan 8, will be marked.

"This is meant to be a celebration of David, for David and for his fans," said Lawrence Peryer, the producer of Bowie 75, in an interview.

The exhibit of all things Bowie, who died in 2016, includes gift-shop displays of Bowie-emblazoned and themed T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, posters, books and other paraphernalia.

A woman shops next to images of David Bowie inside 'Bowie 75' a new interactive pop-up exhibit and shop in New York. Photo: Reuters A woman shops next to images of David Bowie inside 'Bowie 75' a new interactive pop-up exhibit and shop in New York. Photo: Reuters

Also of note are a series of multimedia displays that aim to bring the icon back to life. Bowie can be heard opining on topics such as the public interpretation of artwork in telephone messages you can listen to in a replica of a K2 British phonebox seen on the album cover of Ziggy Stardust.

Another immersive experience allows visitors to listen to Bowie in a 360-surround soundspace.

David Bowie candles for sale at the interactive pop-up exhibit and shop. Photo: Reuters David Bowie candles for sale at the interactive pop-up exhibit and shop. Photo: Reuters

Fans can also write digital messages at a station called "Ground Control to Major Tom," an allusion to the lyrics of the Bowie classic, Space Oddity.

"David Bowie has saved my life and many people's lives. He's my favourite person, my favourite artist, so he's made me love life," said Alessandra Mendez, a New York singer/songwriter. "This is just great."

An additional Bowie 75 pop-up shop-and-exhibit is also available in Bowie's other major haunt of London. - Reuters

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