How Much It Cost To Skywrite ‘Jesus Is Lord’ During World Pride March, As The Company That Did The Job Gives A Big Clue To The Mysterious Church That Paid For It
- Skywriting Australia declined to say who booked the job
- But the owner is very adamant in saying who didn’t book it.
The company behind the Christian message scrawled in the sky during WorldPride celebrations has revealed it pocketed $4,000 for the job.
Skywriting Australia boss Rob Vance has confirmed he was paid a hefty fee by a church in Sydney to write ‘Jesus Is Lord’ followed by a large cross in the sky at the same time as more than 50,000 people marched across the Harbor Bridge to petition equality for LGBTQI+ people. last Sunday.
Mr Vance would not tell Daily Mail Australia which church disbursed the message, which was immediately blurred by high winds, but was very emphatic in saying who it was not.
“It had nothing to do with Hillsong in any way, shape or form,” Mr. Vance said.
His company has been skywriting for decades and his reservations are often for messages that reflect the conservative side of politics, though high winds meant this one didn’t last long.
Skywriting Australia, which wrote ‘Jesus Is Lord’ (pictured) followed by a huge cross in the sky at the Sydney WorldPride equality march last Sunday, was paid $4,000 for the work.
Owner Rob Vance would not say which church disbursed the message to the 50,000 march, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured), but was very adamant in saying who it was not.
In 2017, Skywriting Australia enlisted to write ‘TRUMP’ in the sky during the Sydney Women’s March, shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States.
In November 2020, just after the US election in which Trump lost to Joe Biden, a skywriter wrote “Trump 2020” over Sydney Harbour, which was visible from up to 55km away.
History of aerial writing
Skywriting is said to have been used for the first time over a century ago, in 1922.
In that year, Captain Cyril Turner wrote ‘Daily Mail’ about England and ‘Hello USA’ about New York.
It is made by mixing paraffin oil into airplane exhaust smoke and is safe for the environment.
The best conditions are when there are few clouds, little to no wind, and cooler temperatures.
Source: The Library of Congress
Before Australia’s marriage equality plebiscite in 2016, Vance’s plane wrote “VOTE NO” in the sky over Sydney.
Skywriting Australia came under fire for that, but doubled down by refusing to accept a follow-up booking from the Vote Yes campaign.
In 2019, during a debate in the New South Wales Parliament on abortion legislation, the messages “SAVE UNBORN” and “CHOOSE LIFE” appeared over the city.
However, this past Sunday, God and Mother Nature were not on Vance’s side.
High winds soon turned the ‘Jesus is Lord’ message into little more than a blur.
One of the first recorded uses for skywriting was an advertisement in the Daily Mail in England over 100 years ago.
Skywriting is produced by mixing paraffin oil into the exhaust of a small aircraft and is safe for the environment.
The skilled pilots who do so sometimes have to maneuver upside down to receive the letters and messages they want, like a love heart for a marriage proposal.
People are shown taking part in the Pride Parade over the Sydney Harbor Bridge on March 5, 2023.
Some 50,000 people crossed the Sydney Harbor Bridge as part of the Pride March (pictured) calling for global equality