Sydney’s famous mural of George Michael has been vandalised twice in the last week, but members of the community have come together to give the damaged work a positive makeover.
A 23-year-old man has been charged with the vandalism after being caught on film covering the mural in Erskineville with black paint on Saturday, according to The Guardian.
The controversial mural showed the late singer as a saint, complete with rainbow halo and religious garb.
Locals have written messages of love over the black paint, giving the mural a new life.
Slogans including ‘No to hatred and intolerance’ and ‘Love conquers all’ now adorn the wall.
The vandalism was the second attack on the mural in as many days.
The day prior, another man was captured on film spraying paint over the art.
His Azztek Stone work uniform was clearly visible, and he was quickly stood down from the company.
Azztek Stone released a statement condemning the vandalism and offering to pay for the mural to be restored.
“We strongly and vigorously condemn the action taken by one of our employees,” the statement said.
“We apologise for any offence or harm the irresponsible actions of our employee might have caused.”
The mural was also targeted just last month by vandals who damaged it with eggs and homophobic graffiti, before it was quickly cleaned by local residents.
Artist Scott Marsh posted a photo of the vandalised mural with its new positive messages on Instagram, calling it “dope”.
Marsh’s latest mural, showing conservative former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s hand in the pants of Cardinal George Pell, was also defaced with paint last week just a day after it was completed.
The man charged with vandalising the George Michael mural will appear in court next month.