Here’s the story behind Sydney’s ‘Saint George Michael’ mural

George Michael has been honoured as a saint in an incredible mural in Sydney.

The seven-metre tall portrait is in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Erskineville and was painted by acclaimed local street artist Scott Marsh.

In it, the late musician and gay icon is depicted as “Patron Saint of Parks at Night” — a cheeky reference to his 1998 arrest while outside. “Saint George” is shown wearing a rainbow sash, a rainbow halo and holding a joint and amyl.

Local musos Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour, who worked with George in 2010, commissioned the mural.

Marsh explained to website 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 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.”

George Michael passed away on Christmas Day last year, and celebrity friends and fans of the superstar remembered him as a trailblazer for LGBTI rights and a generous humanitarian who privately donated to charities.

Scott Marsh was the same artist who painted the infamous “Kanye Loves Kanye” mural depicting Kanye West kissing himself, revealed last April.

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