The Fall’s Mark E. Smith has been honoured with a giant mural in his hometown

Earlier this year, post-punk icon Mark E. Smith, the mastermind behind The Fall, passed away after a long battle with lung and kidney cancer.

In honour of the legendary musician, a giant mural has been painted in his hometown of Prestwich in Greater Manchester.

Mark E. Smith

A giant mural is being painted in honour of post-punk legend Mark E. Smith. See it coming to life below.

Painted by street artists, Aske P19, the mural is based on a photograph of Smith taken by Alex Whitton and is being painted ahead of the Prestwich Arts Festival, which is happening September 29 and 30. You can see it coming to life below.

Smith passed away in January. According to a statement from his family he “fought a long and hard battle after his diagnosis. He took every treatment going, which could be brutal at times and left Mark with some horrible side effects. Mark was such a strong man and hated letting his fans down and tried to carry on regardless against all advice.”

“Mark had a great life and loved and lived it to the full and always by his own rules and we, as his sisters were privileged to be part of it too. Mark is at peace now and pain-free, but we, his three sisters have been left heartbroken and will miss our big brother very much.”

Many have honoured Smith following his death, including Cat Power, the Pixies, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Gorillaz, and more.


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And so it begins #PAF2018 🙌🏻

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[via Pitchfork]