Manchester has a new tribute to The Fall’s Mark E Smith

"Fall Corner" features a mosaic of the late singer's image and song lyrics

A new tribute to The Fall’s Mark E Smith has appeared in the city’s Northern Quarter.

The permanent tribute to the star, who passed away in January aged 60 after battling cancer, has been purposefully hidden away on a back street for fans to discover.

Located on Short Street, the tribute is made up of of two mosaics – one of Mark’s image and the other featuring lyrics from The Fall’s song ‘Ten Houses of Eve’. Both have been made by artist Mary Godwin.

The lyrics tribute reads: “Identify art…if only the shards you’d relocate back in place.” It ends with the dates of Smith’s life.

The tributes were commissioned by renowned mosaic artist Mark Kennedy who has created many of the city’s iconic mosaic portraits such as those of Tony Wilson, Joy Division and The Smiths which adorn the outside of Affleck’s Palace, an alternative shopping emporium in the city.

Kennedy, who had been friends with Smith for over 15 years, says he hopes to add to the tributes in time.

Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, Kennedy said: “I want to call this Fall corner, and over the years I’d like to add little bits every time there’s a celebratory element to the group.”

“I like the corner because it’s hidden and to an extent the Fall were quite a hidden band and Mark’s lyrics have many hidden meanings too.”

“It’s hard to find, and like The Fall in many respects, you have to look for it and that works for me.”

Kennedy told the Manchester Evening News that he was keen for a female artist to create the work as a testament to the female musicians in The Fall.

He added: “Mark was a maverick, and some say a genius, and I’d agree with that because I’ve seen him work. He taught me a lot about work, about never having to look too far for your materials or your inspiration – it should be right under your nose.”

“That was his magic – taking something so familiar and turning it into the unfamiliar, other worldly. He’s incredible well-respected across the world by other artists.”

After Smith’s death in January, NME wrote: “Smith [crafted] a complex literary voice for himself which became as unmistakable as his own abrasive vocals. Musically, they would create hypnotic recurring patterns, best summed up by one of Smith’s lyrics: “The three Rs are repetition, repetition, repetition.”

“An early and consistent fan and champion of the band was Radio 1’s John Peel, who claimed The Fall were his favourite band because: “They’re always different, but always the same.”