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The Light Is Shining Again

The light is shining on Ian Curtis today – Photo: Ilona Burton

A black and white image of Ian Curtis, the Joy Division frontman between 1976 and 1980, has been painted on a building in Port Street, Manchester, UK, by street artist Akse. It attracted a lot of enthusiasm and attention by people and media. Bassist and co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook, wanted to stop by and personally congratulate the artist for his work.

Based on a photo of Curtis performing in Brussels in 1979, taken by acclaimed Belgian photographer Philippe Carly, the artwork has been created to mark the start of Manchester music and mental wellbeing Headstock festival, in October.

Working on the mural – Photo: Andy Mac
Akse’s boys for a final pic of the mural
Peter Hook facing the mural
Akse and Peter Hook in front of the mural
Completed work
Reflection
The mural from a window
The light is shining on Ian Curtis today – Photo: Ilona Burton

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