Big gay mural pays tribute to ‘Saint’ George Michael
A giant mural of ‘Saint’ George Michael has been erected in Sydney.
Local artists Scott Marsh and Stereogamous created the mural in the Australian city on the corner of Bray Street and Concord Street – down the road to the entrance of Sydney Park.
The late Wham! frontman is depicted with a rainbow halo and stole, holding a poppers bottle and a joint.
In a post the artists explained: “We got together with local painting magician Scott Marsh to honour our dear friend.
“Presenting Saint George, Patron Saint of Parks at Night. Remembering this lover and activist watching over us all.”
The title is a reference to Michael’s unapologetic cruising for sex in recreational areas, infamously getting arrested in 1998 for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public toilet in Los Angeles.
It is not the first artistic tribute to the singer. Street artist Pegasus went out in London last month to paint a mural of the ‘Last Christmas’ star.
He explained: “George Michael’s music has always been a huge influence in my life. From a young age he made me feel like it was acceptable to be different in this world.”
Michael, real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, sold more than 100 million albums throughout his lengthy career.
It was revealed after his death that Michael had been secretly donating millions to charities and good causes.
The singer has not yet been buried as a probe into his death is still ongoing after a post-mortem failed to establish a cause of death.
Further tests have been ordered but it may still be weeks before the reason for his death is clear and a burial can go ahead.