'Merry Crisis': Aussie Artist Unveils Mural Of PM In Hawaiian Shirt
An Australian artist has unveiled his latest in a long line of political murals, this time featuring Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The mural at Chippendale in Sydney's inner-city features the PM in a Hawaiian shirt, a nod to the recent controversy surrounding his holiday during the bushfire crisis.
In the mural, Morrison is depicted wearing a Santa hat and holding a tropical cocktail with a speech bubble that reads "Merry Crisis" also drawn alongside him.
Behind the image of the PM are red flames, in reference to the catastrophic bushfires that are continuing to devastate many communities across the nation.
In a post on social media, Scott Marsh, the artist behind the mural said "Merry Crisis from our fearless leader...".
Marsh also released the same design on a printed t-shirt on Christmas Day, saying 100 percent of the profits from the sale of the shirt would be going to the Rural Fire Service.
Morrison came under heavy criticism for taking a family holiday during the ongoing bushfire emergency. Last week, following the deaths of two firefighters who were killed while on duty, the PM announced he would be cutting his trip short to return home and deal with the fire crisis.
He flew back late on Saturday night before visiting several fire-ravaged areas in NSW and South Australia.
At a press conference during his visit to the RFS Sydney headquarters on Sunday morning, Morrison shrugged off backlash over his trip, saying he may have made "different decisions" with the benefit of hindsight.
He nevertheless defended his holiday saying he had made a promise to his young daughters.
"This is not a time for division, it is not a time for argument, it is not a time for partisanship, not a time for pointscoring," he said.
Marsh, the Sydney artist behind the latest mural which is painted on the back of The Lord Gladstone pub, has made multiple murals centred around political topics such as Sydney's lockout laws, marriage equality and the environment over the last few years.
Earlier in 2019, Marsh attracted attention for his artworks of former Senator Fraser Anning that popped up in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney - including opposite his initial mural of viral video sensation Will "Egg Boy" Connolly.
10 daily contacted The Lord Gladstone for comment.