By Johnny O’Brien
Relentless — a word defined as showing no abatement of severity, intensity, strength or pace.
For artist Christopher Maslow, the term relentless means an unfaltering pursuit to achieve one’s goals and to be the most dedicated. Maslow painted a mural of the Florida Tech panther on the southernmost wall of the Southgate apartment complex building M.
The mural is titled ‘relentless’ for Florida Tech’s continued pursuit to provide knowledge, education, and resources that will help young minds to go forward and change the world. Living in the area for many years, Maslow grew up seeing the mural downtown and dreamed about recreating it. When the opportunity presented itself, Maslow was “ecstatic.”
According to Maslow, the mural is inspired by the quote “Ad Astra Per Scientiam” which means to reach the stars through science. The Panther is traveling through all different environments; land, sea, sky, and space — all different aspects of Florida Tech’s curriculum.
“As the icon of Florida Tech, the Panther should unite the students through their common purpose at FIT,” Maslow said.
The new Southgate mural is the second Florida Tech mural in Melbourne. The other mural is located downtown near numerous bars and helps bridge the connection of campus and downtown Melbourne.
“I’m inspired by the positive impact Florida Tech has made on the Space Coast,” Maslow said. “While I’m not a student of Florida Tech, I do consider myself a representative of FIT artistically.”
For sophomore Gabija Karosas who is majoring in ocean engineering, the mural represents the diversity, kindness and overall acceptance of every student on campus. To Karosas, the image of fearlessness from the Panther, along with the title, symbolizes the community of the student body at Florida Tech.
“Each student is like a Panther, facing every challenge head-on with courage and bravery to find a solution whether it’s in or outside the classroom,” Karosas said. “Students come here to be relentless, learn and experience as much as they can to grow into the best person they can be.”
For Southgate resident assistant Marcello Mattei, having the mural being the first thing he sees when he gets back to the apartments makes his day.
Resident Director of Southgate Apartments Maria Sagastume was also excited about the new mural.
“My favorite part is that it brings life and color to our residence halls, especially the apartment-style buildings,” Sagastume said.
Sagastume said she believes that we all have to be relentless at some point in our lives, especially when we face challenges and adversity. The RD sees the mural as a reminder that we should not stop fighting for our dreams and work hard to accomplish them.
“We constantly pursue greatness as well since we are in a very challenging tech school that constantly encourages us to be the best version of ourselves,” Sagastume said. “We are also preparing for a competitive world and we have seen how our alumni have done great things in their fields of study and always pursue great things after college.”
Many Southgate residents believe the mural brings a better sense of community to campus.