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Bosnia Pays Tribute to David Bowie with Huge Mural

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A group of artists have unveiled a massive mural of David Bowie in Sarajevo to salute the British musician’s humanitarian work during the Bosnian War. 

The painting -- 13 meters (43 feet) high and 10.5 meters (34 feet) wide – adorns a damaged university building in the capital, close to the infamous street once known as Sniper Alley.

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The artwork is inscribed with the words, “Fashion changes, but you'll always be my heroes," a nod to two classic Bowie songs and a reflection of the way Bosnia has changed in the years since the conclusion of the 1992-95 conflict.

Bowie’s “Space Oddity” played as more than 300 people attended the official unveiling of the artwork on Saturday (May 28), according to Reuters.

"This is a way to pay tribute to Bowie as an artist and humanitarian and immortalize him in the town that never got a chance to host him," said Adnan Comor, a spokesman for the group behind the project, Bowie Team Sarajevo.

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The artwork was the brainchild of local musician, Vedad Trbonja, the BBC reports. Marvel comics illustrator Enis Cisic drew up sketches and painter Zoran Herceg completed the job in a month and a half.

Bowie died at the age of 69 on Jan. 10, just two days after the release of what turned out to be his final album, Blackstar.