Street Art For Education: Hannah Senesh Mural

July 21, 2020


Julie Robertson, an artist who goes by the name JUURI R, is a muralist originally from Tokyo, Japan. Her vibrant, figure-driven work combines traditional Japanese and modern pop motifs. In the fall of 2019, JUURI painted a 30 by 40 foot mural of Jewish poet Hannah Senesh in downtown San Diego.

Hannah Senesh was young Jewish girl who, during World War II, chose to join the British army so she could parachute into Yugoslavia and rescue Jewish prisoners bound for Auschwitz. She was also a poet, and many beautiful songs have been made out of her poetry. Unfortunately she was captured by the Nazis and eventually executed. Though she was tortured, she never gave up any information. She was just 23 years old.

JUURI was inspired by Senesh’s story and hopes her mural will serve as a symbol of courage, resilience, and beauty.

JUURI is active in the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement’s partner organization, Artists 4 Israel (A4I) and traveled on an A4I mission to the Jewish State in 2018. Inspired by her experience on A4I’s mission, JUURI returned to Israel in 2019 to lead her own curated mission with other artists.

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JUURI is a Tokyo-born muralist currently working from Oklahoma City. Her vibrant, figure-driven work fuses traditional Japanese and modern pop motifs. Her work is highly valued for clients desiring a colorful global feel. Her work is popular for hospitality, restaurants, overseas nonprofits, and revitalization efforts in cities. JUURI’s mural of Hannah Senesh was a winner of the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement’s Emma Lazarus Art Award for works of visual art that inspire people of conscience to stand up to anti-Semitism. Learn More about JUURI here.