ICAN mural formed out of hundreds of messages demanding a ban on nuclear weapons

October 31, 2013

ICAN campaigners in Melbourne, Australia, created a Post-It note mural on the windows of the Fitzroy Legal Service near busy Brunswick Street to mark the International Day of Peace on Saturday 21 September 2013. Over six hours, passers-by wrote messages of peace on small notes and stuck them to the windows, creating an amazing 1500-strong Post-It note mural of the ICAN logo.

ICAN intern Mohamad Muzzamil, who helped construct the mural, said he thinks it was a great way to raise awareness of ICAN’s message that nuclear weapons should be banned. “This was something different. Instead of just rallying and handing out brochures, we created artwork and invited the public to get involved,” he said.

There was a lot of positive feedback and curiosity from passers-by, who shared their own anti-nuclear messages. Mohamad’s own message is that “every country should take real and concrete action towards nuclear disarmament instead of just talking about it”. By raising public awareness, the mural has contributed to ICAN’s efforts to pressure the Australian government to support a ban on nuclear weapons.

Story by Jessica Lawson. Video by Takeshi Kondo.

  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate