Chester Bennington mural memorializes Linkin Park singer
Drivers passing the Coldwater Canyon exit on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles can see a 20-foot mural of Chester Bennington adorning the side of a pizzeria, Rock’n Pies Pizza Co., on Riverside Drive. The image was created by artist Jonas Never in tribute to the Linkin Park singer, who died by suicide at the age of 41.
“I really didn’t want people to forget about Chester, his music… everything,” Never, who worked on the mural with artists Kryst and Kub, wrote to EW over email. “I’d seen the wall while I was painting a couple other murals out there, but I hadn’t been able to think of a subject matter worthy of the visibility from the 101. Soon as I heard the news of his passing, I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s the spot,’ especially since the 101 is the way his bandmates would go back home to Agoura.”
With the blessing of Jim Connors, the owner of Rock’n Pies, Never and his team got to work. “I’ve been thrilled to see the reaction and hopefully the mural will keep his memory alive and give family, fans, and friends a place where they can kind of ‘visit’ him,” he wrote.
Bennington’s body was discovered at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California on July 20, the L.A. Coroner’s Office confirmed to EW.
“The relationship to Linkin Park’s music that I have goes way back as I went to school with [guitarist] Brad [Delson]’s brother and have friends who are really close with them,” Kryst told EW. “[Bennington’s death] hit really close to home. It made us proud that they made it and were very successful and getting the recognition they deserved. Because it hit close to home, I reached out to Jonas about doing a mural of him which he responded with, ‘I have a wall already. Let’s do it!'”
The image was created over the course of two days, with Kryst and Kub completing the background work against Never’s image of Bennington. “I knew it was finished once we put the white glow around him…then it all made sense,” Kryst noted.
“We are honored to have such an amazing tribute to Chester on the wall of our building, and overwhelmed by the response from fans in the local community and all over the world,” Rock’n Pies Pizza wrote in a post to Instagram.
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Fans, celebrities, and members of the music industry continue to mourn the loss of Bennington.
“Our hearts are broken,” began a statement from Linkin Park shortly after his death. “The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened. You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized.”
Bennington’s widow, Talinda Bennington, broke her silence in an emotional statement released last week. “We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy,” she wrote in part. “How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left.”
Bennington was laid to rest in a private funeral ceremony on Saturday.