Stunning Jacinda Ardern Silo Mural Unveiled In Melbourne
A huge mural of NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a mourner at a mosque after the Christchurch terror attack has been unveiled in Melbourne.
The image -- of the New Zealand leader embracing another woman at the Kilbirnie mosque on March 17, just days after 50 people were shot and killed in attacks on mosques in Christchurch -- had been painted on a large silo in Brunswick, Melbourne.
Renowned street artist Loretta Lizzio put the finishing touches on the artwork in recent days.
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It came after a crowdfunding campaign raised more than $11,000 to go toward the mural's construction, with the campaign's organisers wanting to project "an image of unity, an image of hope, and an image of peace" in the wake of the mosque attack.
"Our community is a place made up of many cultures and many faiths. It is rich because of its diverse history and community. It is a place that had its heart broken on the day of the Christchurch shootings," the organisers said.
"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."
The same photograph had been projected onto Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in the aftermath of the attack.
Work on the mural began in recent weeks. The artwork, on a 25-metre high silo in Brunswick, has now been completed.
On Instagram, artist Lizzio sent thanks to photographer Hagen Hopkins, who captured the original image for Getty.
"Massive thank you to Hagen Hopkins for his incredible photograph to reference from," she wrote.