Axel Void is back with this new mural recently painted in Mosciano, Italy painted on the top of where the “Anunciatta” church used to be.
The mural is based on a sculpture of baby Jesus the artist found during a visit to one of the local churches that keeps some of the sculptures that where recuperated from the “Anunciatta” church, and represents an homage to our secular approach to ideologies, theories or religions. The artist describes the work as follows:

This mural is situated in the main plaza of Mosciano, a small town in the region of Abruzzo. This town holds a strong historical identity; around 1750 it was a poor town located just outside of Borbonic Napoli and it remained separate, regardless of many attempts to be included. It still holds some of the fascist architecture from the fascist regime, including an old stencil of Mussolini on one of the houses, and there’s a strong presence of the Catholic church. It oscillates from the left to the right but still remains with its own strong identity and sense of community.
The mural stands on the top of where the “Anunciatta” church used to be. It was a symbolic church in the town that was demolished in 1962 and replaced by a now abandoned bank. There was a small metal flag on top of the church that showed the wind’s direction and also represented change in human kind.
I went to a nearby church to see some of the sculptures that where recuperated from the “Anunciatta” church and I found a figure of baby Jesus that I interpreted for this mural. The piece shows the figure split in half, negating its spiritual nature and therefore treating it as an object that means nothing without human’s interpretation. This is what this mural talks about.
Symbols, ideologies, theories or religions don’t mean anything without human interpretation. This piece intends to give value and pays homage the more human approach of the thought or the ideal.

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Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.