A mural of former Pleasure Division frontman Ian Curtis on Port Avenue, Manchester, has been painted over with an advert for native rapper Aitch, prompting such an outcry that the rapper has promised to revive the unique portray.
Aitch, a drill artist from Moston in north Manchester, mentioned he had no management over which billboards had been used to promote his new album and would by no means have sanctioned such an act of “disrespect” towards a “native hero”.
“It’s come to mild that the long-lasting Ian Curtis mural on Port Avenue has been painted over with my album paintings. That is the primary time I’ve heard of this, me and my group are getting this mounted pronto. No manner on earth would I wish to disrespect a neighborhood hero like Ian,” he tweeted. “I don’t simply select places for billboards,” he added.
Aitch’s response was welcomed by Peter Hook, Pleasure Division’s bassist, who had responded with dismay to the mural being painted over as “very unhappy to see”.
Andy Burnham, the mayor of Better Manchester, additionally counseled Aitch for fixing the error.
“It ought to by no means have occurred and he shouldn’t have been put on this place. Ian is a real icon of our metropolis. He have to be totally restored and left in his place for time in memoriam. Because of everybody for displaying what Ian means to us,” tweeted Burnham.
The monochrome mural by graffiti artist Akse P19 was created in October 2020 to commemorate World Psychological Well being Day. It depicts Curtis performing in Brussels in 1979, a yr earlier than he killed himself.