Image Of New Zealand PM Hugging Mourner To Be Immortalised On Melbourne Silo
It was one of the most powerful images following the devastating Christchurch terror attack: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a mourner outside a mosque.
Well, it seems as though people want to remember that moment for the foreseeable future by painting it on a large silo in Melbourne.
Why it's being painted in Victoria is a different story, but it's finally happening after more than $11,000 was crowd founded for the project.
Breathe Architecture started the GoFundMe, writing on the site: "Our community is a place made up of many cultures and many faiths. It is rich because of it's diverse history and community. It is a place that had its heart broken on the day of the Christchurch shootings.
"Jacinda Ardern led the world after the shootings. Her complete embrace of the Islamic community, and in fact of all New Zealanders as part of a whole that can never be divided by hate, has been both beautiful and powerful to witness.
"The image of Jacinda hugging a Muslim woman has become a beacon of tolerance, love and peace in these divisive times.
"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."
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Street artist Loretta Lizzio has been invited to paint the mural, which will be on the Tinning Street silos in Brunswick. Now that the funding has been raised, Loretta aims to have it done by the end of May.
It's not the first time Ardern's image was pictured on a massive structure.
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
The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, hosted a projection of the image shortly after the terror attack.
The word 'peace' was marked above the picture in both English and Arabic to honour the 50 people that lost their lives in the attack earlier this month.
According to the MailOnline, it was projected on the same day New Zealand had broadcast the Muslim call to prayer on national television and radio.
The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks which happened during Friday Prayer on 15 March.
The terrorists live-streamed the sickening attack, with the first happening at Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the second at the Linwood Islamic Centre.
Featured Image Credit: GoFundMe