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David Bowie's former Berlin apartment will be marked with a plaque this month

Musical legend David Bowie will soon be commemorated in Berlin with a porcelain plaque on the home where he once lived.

The porcelain plaque dedicated to musician David Bowie.
The porcelain plaque dedicated to musician David Bowie. Image by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

Bowie – who died in January after an 18-month battle with cancer – lived in a Berlin apartment from 1976 to 1978. In that time he created the albums Low, Heroes and Lodger, which became known as the Berlin Trilogy.

During his years in the German capital, Bowie lived in the Schöneberg neighbourhood at 155 Haupstrasse, sharing a flat with fellow rock legend Iggy Pop. The Schöneberg neighbourhood where the pair lived is a frequent stop on Bowie-themed walking tours.

David Bowie, who is writing a stage show based on his 1976 science-fiction film The Man Who Fell To Earth.
David Bowie. Image by Yui Mok/PA Wire

Plans for the plaque were launched earlier this year, after a Change.org petition called for the street to be named after Bowie. However, Berlin has a law stating someone must be dead for five years before they can have a street named after them.

The plaque is on display at the ‘Koenigliche-Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin’ – the KPM porcelain manufacturer – and will be installed later this month at the apartment. The porcelain plaque includes information on Bowie, as well as a lyric from one of his most famous songs: “We can be heroes, just for one day”.

Flowers and a portrait are placed in front of the apartment building where David Bowie once lived in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, to honor the British musician.
Flowers and a portrait are placed in front of the apartment building where David Bowie once lived in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, to honor the British musician. Image by AP Photo/Michael Sohn

In the days following Bowie’s death, his Berlin apartment was surrounded by flowers from his many fans. While he still has a large following in the city he once made his home, tributes to the influential artist also appeared in other parts of the world.