There’s special significance to this George Michael mural — beyond the fresh poppers in his hand

Derek de Koff

Sydney-based street artist Scott Marsh just put the last finishing touches on a splashy 20′ mural immortalizing pop icon George Michael, which you’ll find on the corner of Bray and Flora in St. Peters.

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Impossible to miss, the towering visual paean to all things GM also has special significance to the building’s residents, as Marsh explains to The Music

The guys who live in that building, they were both friends with George Michael and I had already been speaking with them about painting their wall. They offered their wall up to me a while ago and I hadn’t gotten around to it yet.

They were telling me stories about him and their times with him in Sydney and he sounded like a pretty incredible person, so I just sat down with them and threw some ideas around. The idea we stuck with was him as the patron saint of the gays. They love it.”

Yeah, it’s easy to see why.

Marsh claims it only took a day and a half for the sketch to come together, and he would’ve finished it sooner if Sydney’s heatwave hadn’t decided to be a bitch.

“I finished it yesterday and I was there almost all day yesterday,” he says, “from early to about 5pm, and the day before I kinda just sketched it up for a few hours. It was too hot to paint [that day], it was like 44 degrees or something ridiculous so I pulled the pin on that and went for a swim.”

Fair enough.

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Important detail: Since patron saints tend to cradle some sort of magical talisman, Marsh thought it wise to paint a joint and big bottle of amyl into Michael’s paws.

“[His friends] were like, ‘I don’t think we ever saw him without a joint in his hand,” he says, “‘and put amyl in his other hand,’ and I just thought, that’s too funny.”

“[I used] gold metallic spray paint for the halo aura around his head,” Marsh reveals, “and there’s also metallic in his cross and also in his collar and stuff, so when you go past on the train in the morning, when the sun’s kinda hitting it, it glimmers.”

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