‘For many of us, George Michael was our first safe space’
DJ Jonny Seymour cites George Michael’s contribution to the world of music and gay culture as his reasons behind his colourful tribute to the late musician.
Seymour and long-time collaborator Paul Mac enlisted renowned street artist Scott Marsh to create a mural on Concord Street in Erskineville portraying the UK singer as ‘St George’.
Seymour and Mac, also known as Stereogamous – formed a friendship with the pop icon after they appeared in one of his Sydney shows in 2010.
Seymour said the mural will serve as a colourful and powerful reminder of George Michael’s impact and legacy, not just to the world of music but also to gay visibility.
“The Saint George mural is a positive and healing tonic for the pain and grief of losing such an important part of our community’s culture,” Seymour told SX.
Above: Jonny Seymour. Photo: Robert Knapman
“We need an iconic colourful, vibrant and tangible reminder about this ‘gayngel's’ contribution to our lives.”
Seymour praised the art of Marsh, who is also the artist behind the Casino Mike and Kanye Love Kanye murals in Chippendale. It is hoped Marsh’s work will help shift the public’s attention away from tawdry headlines about George Michael’s death and back to his legacy.
“Scott Marsh is a fellow activist, he helped bring the vision of this loving, robust rainbow to refocus away from the tabloid's ‘what happened?’ [headlines],” Seymour said.
“A beautiful reminder that, for many of us, George Michael was our first safe space.”