352walls/The Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is an international urban art initiative in Gainesville, Florida which aims to strengthen their cultural stature as a city and change the nature of their community with creativity. One of the 11 participating artists was Axel Void who cleverly painted the view of Downtown Gainesville from the rooftop of a parking garage. In the words of the artist "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." Ironically across the middle of the mural he has written "C10H15N" which is the chemical composition of Methamphetamine, an area ridden with meth addicts and labs.
Photo by the artist.