Bondi Beach mural creates awareness for Iran's Baha'i minority

Artist hard at work with a spray can Source: Supplied

A multi-coloured mural has been created along the Bondi beach promenade to promote educational equality in Iran.

The Bondi beach promenade has been given a fresh coat of paint in the form of a multi-coloured mural.

Street artists Giles Fryer, Scott Nagy and Janne Birkner created the Sea Wall artwork depicting a young girl looking over a valley of flowers and books on Wednesday.

It's part of the international #notacrime campaign which aims to raise awareness for Iran's persecuted Baha'i minority.

Spokesperson for the Australian Baha’i Community, Venus Khalessi, said the artwork was the third in Sydney and follows similar #notacrime initiatives in New York, London, Brazil and South Africa.

"The beautiful art works in these large scale public mural projects draw attention to the fact that Baha’is in Iran have been denied university education for more than 30 years," Mrs Khalessi said.

"The Baha’i there responded by creating an informal education process, but now even the educators involved are being imprisoned."

"Last month we learned that a six-year-old boy is about to be deprived of the care of both his parents because they have been sentenced to four and five year prison terms for teaching Baha’i youth who were otherwise denied access to higher education.

"This is outrageous. The fundamental human right to education must be restored to the Baha’is of Iran."

The other Sydney venues in the campaign include the wall behind Lentil as Anything in King Street, Newtown and a wall in Applebee Street, St Peters.

The campaign was started by journalist Maziar Bahari, a journalist who gained international recognition from the Jon Stewart movie Rosewater, in which Stewart depicted Bahari's unjust imprisonment in Iran when he travelled there as a Newsweek journalist to cover the 2009 elections.

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