An estate agency in North London has welcomed a huge mural painted on the side of its branch as a memorial to popstar George Michael, who lived and went to school in the area during his early years before fame beckoned.
The former Wham star died of natural causes aged 53 on Christmas Day 2016.
The nine-metre high mural, which takes up the whole of the side of Winkworth’s Kingsbury branch, took artist Dawn Mellor three weeks to paint and is part of an outdoor arts festival organised by the local council.
The mural has generated considerable publicity over the weekend including coverage by the BBC and Daily Mail, all of which has delighted Ajay Bathija (pictured above with hi steam), a director of the Winkworth Kingsbury estate agency.
“I think it is fabulous. It is great for the area and has created a real buzz among all the residents and the businesses here,” he told The Negotiator.
“Since it was unveiled, we have seen a steady stream of people taking pictures of the mural.
“We all supported the artist while she was working on the mural, offering her cups of tea while local restaurants brought her food. It’s been really well received and is already attracting visitors to Kingsbury – a real uplift for everyone who works and lives here.”
The mural includes references to several George Michael hits including Careless Whisper but also a monopoly board. The game’s creator Waddington has no links to the area, but it might be a gentle ‘thank you’ to the Winkworth team for their cups of tea.
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