Axel Void is back in the US where he recently finished this new mural titled ‘C10H15N’ and painted in Gainesville, Florida.
According to the artist the mural depicts the view of Downtown Gainesville from the rooftop of a parking garage. A study of the city and its urban development.
‘Gainesville is considered a college town. The nature of the town has been subjected to the structure of the university campus. In my view, this format impedes the town’s development towards its own sense of community and idiosyncrasies.
Where students normally join a town, adopt its culture and contribute to it, in this case they reformat the town to feed their needs and often with economic purposes rather than cultural ones. This is not seen exclusively in college towns. Many other places in the US share this format of city planning that seems to be based on a pragmatic point of view rather than a cultural and community-oriented one designed to better the quality of life of its citizens.’
C10H15N is the chemical composition of Methamphetamine, possibly also related to the city given the growth in Crystal Meth trafficking in the area.

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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.