A mural of Keith Flint is set to be unveiled in London next month to mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September.
The artwork of the late frontman of The Prodigy is being created by music and mental wellbeing festival Headstock, who enlisted street artist Akse P19 to paint the piece. It will be located at Beechwood Road in Hackney, near to where The Prodigy played their first gig at the Four Aces Club in 1990.
A Crowdfunder page has been set up to fund the mural, with organisers aiming to raise £12,500 in donations from fans. The page closes for donations on 31st August.
“The purpose of the mural is to raise awareness of mental health text message support service, Shout 85258, and the charity’s logo and text support number will feature prominently on the artwork,” a statement shared on the Crowdfunder page reads. “The mural will be created to coincide with World Suicide Prevention day on 10 September 2021 – a date that falls just a week before what would have been Keith’s 52nd birthday.”
Donations, it’s explained on the page, will go towards “the artist’s time, materials, travel, accommodation and support crew, and will also help us cover hard costs such as scissor lift hire, Public Liability Insurance, Pavement Licence and Heath & Safety management.”
Keith Flint died on 4th March, 2019. It was subsequently confirmed that he took his own life.
The Prodigy paid tribute to Keith Flint earlier this year on the second anniversary of his death.
In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email [email protected] In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.