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Over the weekend, I saw a tweet about an artist who was painting a mural of Prodigy’s Keith Flint, who we lost two weeks ago on the 4th of March, somewhere at Southend High Street.
So on Sunday, I decided to take a walk and find this mural, take some pictures and just enjoy the sun. As chance had it, John Bulley who is the artist of the mural was there putting in the finishing touches to the painting. I had a chat with him, we talked about Keith and how he was from Essex and how he used to frequent Southend and that he was doing this painting with support from the Southend Bid project.
Also next to the mural, a member of local arts group, Metal, JimBob, asked if he could place a poem that he wrote about Keith as a tribute to the Raver/Punk Rocker Next to the painting and you can now see them both at the Southend high street, under the train bridge.
Southend BID Manager Alison Dewey said:
“I thought it might be a nice tribute to a brilliant Essex frontman and I, like many people of my generation who experienced the rave scene of the late 80’s and 90’s, loved The Prodigy! John’s painting is a wonderful way to remember Keith.”
She added: “John’s painting of Keith follows on from his previous works in the town centre and on the seafront. People will remember his eye-catching Princess Leia from ‘Star Wars’ on Eastern Esplanade and portrait of The Libertines’ singer Pete Doherty, in Nelson Mews.”