This piece by Axel Void is part of the “Gray” series. Sisyphus, written over the wall, is a king from Greek mythology that was punished by Zeus to roll a boulder up a hill and watch it roll back down, repeating this action for eternity. Albert Camus in 1942 wrote “The Myth of Sisyphus” where he related this punishment to the human condition in the absurd search for meaning.
This mural talks about this condition from an existentialist approach. The image portrays a girl having a smile forced by someone’s hands. This proposes a metaphor to the pursuit of happiness and who we are as people. Our redundant ways, throughout history and presently, of masking this futile search.
“Every time a man is begotten and born the clock of human life is wound up anew, to repeat once more its same old tune that has already been played out innumerable times, movement by movement and measure by measure, with insignificant variations” Arthur Schopenhauer.
This piece was made for the Cities Of Hope project in Manchester, UK.