NEW YORK–New York declared Wednesday “David Bowie Day” to honor the late music legend and longtime resident, as one of his final works — a science-fiction play — closed its run. Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a proclamation making Jan. 20, “David Bowie Day” that will be read at the final curtain call of “Lazarus.” The symbolic proclamation pays tribute to the British artist as “a global icon who made New York his home.”
“Among the most influential and talented artists of our time, Bowie’s music, his art, his unique creative vision have left a mark on the lives of generations of fans,” said Luis Castro, acting commissioner in the mayor’s office of media and entertainment.
Bowie died on Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer that he did not disclose to the public. Bowie, who considered African-American soul and funk his first love and idolized pop artist Andy Warhol, spent much of his life in New York, settling in the city permanently after his 1992 marriage to Somali-born supermodel Iman. His death came two days after he released his last album, “Blackstar,” which in retrospect was revealed to be an intricate final artistic statement. Bowie had also raced to complete the music for “Lazarus,” a play based on the novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth” about an alien in search of water for his parched planet who becomes enamored of Earth’s delights. Bowie, who was an actor, painter and fashion icon in addition to a musician, had played in a 1976 film version of “The Man Who Fell to Earth” but did not write the music due to a contractual dispute.