A powerful image of Jacinda Ardern hugging a woman in the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting will be turned into a mural in the Brunswick neighbourhood in Melbourne.
The photo was taken on March 17, just days after 50 people were killed during Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand. The photo, which showed Ardern dressed in a hijab and hugging a member of the Muslim community, quickly spread and resonated with many around the world. Ardern was praised for her empathy, humility and genuine leadership.
A GoFundMe page was set up on Saturday in order to fund the mural to be painted on the Tinning Street silos, a Brunswick landmark which stands over 75-feet-tall. A goal of $11,000 was set in order to secure renowned street artist Loretta Lizio, pay her transport and accommodation, and provide for all the necessary equipment.
“The image of Jacinda hugging a muslim woman has become a beacon of tolerance, love and peace in these divisive times,” the organisers of the GoFundMe page wrote.
“We want this message, this moment in time, remembered. We want to learn from it, we want it to hold us up, to strengthen us. We want everyone to know we are them, that they are us and, that we are, and always will be, stronger together.”
According to Tamara Veltre, the co-founder of Breathe Architecture who helped set up the fundraising page, the $11,000 goal was achieved in just one day.
According to the page, Lizio has agreed to complete the work by May 30. The owners of the silos also gave permission for the mural to be painted, as well as offered to pay for the power to light the silos.
Last month, the same image was projected onto the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in the UAE.
New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks' martyrs. Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world. pic.twitter.com/9LDvH0ybhD
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 22, 2019
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