City, O' City awoke to a surprise yesterday: A mystery graffiti artist had used the west-facing utility box in front of the restaurant at Sherman Street and East 13th Avenue to create this hybrid Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie wheat-paste piece. And the artist really nailed the loss that people are feeling after the passing of Kilmister and Bowie. (Here are some bars where you can mourn the loss by dancing.)
"Isn't it amazing? I don't know who did it; we have no clue, actually," says City, O' City owner Dan Landes, who definitely appreciates art: He'll do his own DJ set tonight with a tarot card reader at Pon Pon. Landes does a lot for Denver, and a Denver artist just gave him a gift right back. There's work by sanctioned and non-sanctioned artists alike on the exterior of City, O' City, including a Bunny M wheat paste (which has its own Bowie lightning-bolt addition) and a mural by Sandi Calistro. And now there's this salute to David Kilmister. Or Lemmy Bowie.
"My first reaction when anyone dies is, 'Shit... someday this will be me.' But when two rockers die that had such a tremendous impact on multiple generations, my reaction, is 'Shit...who will carry the rock-and-roll torch?' I can't think of one," Landes says, adding that the wheat paste makes him crave a collaboration like "Let's Dance — on Your Grave."
Had the artist approached him, Landes says he would have sanctioned the piece, "but if they asked, the cool factor would be greatly diminished."
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