Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ziggy Comes to Nambour; Bowie Devotee Has Musician's Portrait Mural Sprayed onto Royal George Hotel

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ziggy Comes to Nambour; Bowie Devotee Has Musician's Portrait Mural Sprayed onto Royal George Hotel

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Byline: Roxanne McCarty-O'Kane Roxanne.OKane@scnews.com.au

IAN Scorey has two passions in life -- David Bowie and his home town of Nambour.

By commissioning an aerosol artwork of his idol on the wall of the Royal George Hotel, Mr Scorey has brought them together.

The unmistakable image of Bowie in the Ziggy Stardust era now greets every motorist and pedestrian travelling south along Currie St and Mr Scorey hoped it would become a drawcard and source of pride for Nambour.

The three-metre-square artwork took three artists, linked with Straight Outta Nambour, six hours to complete.

Mr Scorey said the mural had been based on a piece created by Adelaide street artist James Cochra, aka Jimmy C, in Brixton, London in 2013.

The mural became an impromptu shrine to the legendary singer after he died from cancer in January.

A fan of Bowie's since 1973, Mr Scorey can tell you just about anything about the singer and his music.

Hotel manager Julie Dowdell admitted she was a "bit sceptical" when approached by Mr Scorey, but was pleased with the finished product. …

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