Keith Flint is the deceased frontman of The Prodigy, and he’s been honoured with a memorial on London’s Hackney.
The memorial comes in the form of a mural that depicts Keith Flint mid-performance at a live gig, and its been created to help mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2021. He died at age 49, and it was later revealed that Keith Flint had taken his own life, so the artwork is a fitting reminder of how anyone can be affected by mental health problems.
Akse is a street artist who worked on the tribute that was arranged in collaboration with Headstock, which is a music and mental wellbeing festival. Together the artist and festival have also collaborated on a commemorative mural of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, which was commissioned for World Mental Health Day 2020.
Headstock led a Crowdfunder campaign that raised over £10,650 to fund the Keith Flint memorial, and also ran a campaign to raise awareness of World Suicide Prevention Day alongside the mental health text support service, Shout 85258.
Atheer Al-Salim is the founder of Headstock, and talking about the project, he said: “Keith Flint was the original firestarter. He was a true trailblazer in electronic music…”
Then continuing: “Off-stage, Keith struggled with his mental health, and he talked candidly about his ‘dark periods’. Tragically, this culminated in him taking his own life.
“We’ve created this mural to help remember Keith and ensure that his flame continues to burn brightly – but also to raise awareness of Shout 85258, and the incredible 24/7 text support service it provides. We hope that the mural will help anyone that sees it know that confidential support is just a text message away.”
Liam Howlett is a remaining member of The Prodigy, and he commented on the importance of the work, saying: “Respect to everyone for coming together to make this happen for a cause so close to us. Akse has done Keef proud.”
Fans can find the work on the side of the Hackney Co-operative complex at 62 Beechwood Road— less than 100 yards from the old Four Aces Club where the band played their first gig back in 1991.