SXSW takes responsibility for David Bowie Street sign

On Thursday evening, a spokesperson for SXSW sent an email to news outlets with a GIF

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The mystery of who put up the ‘David Bowie’ street sign has now been solved. According to a press release sent out by an Austin law firm, Roland Swenson, the managing director of SXSW and Wicked Signs owner, Jason Carter, are taking responsibility for changing the Bowie Street sign earlier this week.

“I had no idea it would get worldwide media coverage and so much local reaction and was enjoying the mystery of everyone speculating about who did it,” says Swenson in the release.

Swenson and Carter retained Austin attorneys Perry Minton and Rick Flores because word of possible criminal charges started to surface.

“I became worried about the people who helped me. I also didn’t want to waste APD’s time and decided it was time to own up to it,” continued Swenson.

On Thursday evening, a spokesperson for SXSW sent an email to news outlets with a GIF attached showing someone putting up the David Bowie sign. In the email the spokesperson wrote: “Someone sent us this GIF. We can’t vouch for it or it’s authenticity, but it looks real to us.”

Even though the sign is coming down next week, Swenson says he plans on filing a formal petition to permanently rename this section of Bowie Street.

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