A mural of Australia’s infamous egg-wielding teenager, Will Connolly, has popped up on the side of Chippendale’s Lord Gladstone pub.
It’s by Sydney artist Scott Marsh who is also responsible for the Casino Mike work protesting Sydney’s lockout laws, the Reef Killer wall art slamming the Adani coal mine, the mural of a shirtless former prime minister Bob Hawke and The Happy Ending painting featuring former prime minister Tony Abbot and recently convicted child abuser George Pell.
"I got about a million requests to do a mural of Egg Boy, so I decided to do one," Marsh told Broadsheet. "I think a lot people are getting behind him because they aren't happy with the thinking behind Fraser Anning's comments and are happy that someone stood up to him.
"It's just a young boy with an egg, and he's resisting these ideas. It's a bit of a larrikin attitude, it's very Australian that this is how someone would show their resistance.
"Some loony might come and throw a bucket of paint over it if they don't like it, a bit like what happened in Melbourne [where another mural of the moment the Egg Boy smashed the egg was painted over by far-right wingers]. It's very democratic in that way."
On Saturday, 17-year-old Connolly smashed an egg on the controversial Senator’s head. Last Friday, 50 people were killed and 48 people were injured in terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. That same day, in a press release, independent senator Anning (formerly One Nation) blamed the attacks on immigration. On Saturday, while the senator was speaking to media at a far-right rally in Moorabbin, Melbourne, Connolly – now commonly referred to in the media and online as “Egg Boy” – smashed an egg on Anning’s head. The teenager was taken into police custody, but later released without charge.
Australians quickly embraced Egg Boy’s actions, and a GoFundMe page was set up to pay for his legal fees. The page’s admin then updated the page, after speaking with Connolly, to state that, “He is committed to sending a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.” At the time of publishing the page had raised $71,240.
"I've painted that wall at The Lord Gladstone a million times,” says Marsh, explaining that for this mural he painted over a “don’t kill live music” mural. “Whenever I need to paint something at the last minute, that's where I go."
The pub is celebrating with the $13 Egg Boy Burger, served with cheese, bacon and double egg. $3 from every burger sold goes to the victims of the Christchurch shooting.