A mural, titled “Weaving Hope” consisting of a long wall of ornate flowers was unveiled in October 2019 in the heart of New Zealand city of Wellington at Te Ngākau Civic Square by way of a healing process remembering the Christchurch attack.
The mural was weaved together by local mural artist Ruth Robertson-Taylor, with the vision and Key elements coming directly from the Muslim community.
Ruth said of the project that it was a great opportunity for her and the Muslim community to start to create relationships between them and the wider New Zealand community “and create a more coherent society that hopefully doesn’t have horrible things happen to it in future.”
Local furniture maker Mahmoud Shagouri worked with the artist to carve out 51 flowers each one representing the 51 lives lost in the Christchurch tragedy. The flowers come from around the world, a reminder that Islam is diverse and global.
Half a year after the terrorist shooting, Nabil Adam, who also helped with the mural, said this “is a good way to bring us back to all of those positive emotions that we had, all of those goals we might have set.”
Tahir Nawaz, President of Kilbirnie Mosque Association, spoke at the unveiling of six months of the collaborative work of forty people saying “The terrorist, he wanted to sow hatred and division, but what happened instead was truly remarkable with generous initiatives in the healing process, one being this mural representing a vision for a more unified, accepting, and diverse Aotearoa.
He further added, “In this busy city-centre location, the many passers-by every day will have the opportunity to pause, read, and reflect as they view the mural and the victims of Christchurch will be in their thoughts.”
“Weaving Hope” is a group creation alongside the Muslim Students Association VicMuslim, the International Muslim Association of New Zealand, Kilbirnie Mosque community, Vodafone New Zealand’s Muslim Society, Salam Network with site support from the Wellington City Council.