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Iconic image of NZ leader Jacinda Ardern to feature on Melbourne silo

The vision for the gofundme project. Source: gofundme.com

It took just one day for a crowdfunding group to reach their funding goal for a project to paint an iconic image of Jacinda Ardern on a silo in Melbourne.

More than $11,000 has been raised to paint an iconic image of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre, on silos in Melbourne. 

The photo of the leader wearing a hijab was one of many of Ms Ardern which went viral around the world.

It was even projected on a Dubai skyscraper last month. 

Street artist Loretta Lizzio has been invited to paint the mural on the silo in Brunswick.

Jacinda Ardern hugs a mosque-goer at the Kilbirnie Mosque.
The image of the NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to be painted in silos in Melbourne.
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International leaders and celebrities dubbed Ms Ardern the face of humanity, following her leadership after a gunman slaughtered fifty Muslims at Christchurch mosques on 15 March. 

A GoFundMe page for the mural was organised by Breathe Architecture.

It sought $11,000 by 5 May to proceed but has already smashed its goal - sitting at $11,506. 

"The image of Jacinda hugging a Muslim woman has become a beacon of tolerance, love and peace in these divisive times," the GoFundMe page reads. 

"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.

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"We want everyone to know we are them, that they are us and, that we are, and always will be, stronger together."

The silos stand 75-feet tall and are a singular landmark on the Brunswick skyline.  

Artist Loretta Lizzio agreed to donate her time to build the mural and hopes to have it completed by 30 May. 

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