A city is comprised of many layers of awareness and experience. The mythology that evolves within the urban maelstrom creates a network of nexus points that drives the energetic pulse of the city’s soul. This piece was designed for a magazine layout on mystical places. While the publication was canceled before the piece could run, the final product was a fascinating study. The intent was to express the energetic matrix that evolves when humanity and culture is compressed in a limited space. Within the Earth, pressure and time can result in geological events of spectacular beauty or terrible destruction, and the same is true of humanity within the press of the urban matrix. The crystalline elements of the piece were developed in Adobe Illustrator, and then imported into Photoshop for shaping and texture. Transparent overlays of the crystal matrix were then woven into a textured photo of Cairo. The end result is a dual vision of any metropolitan landscape, with the architectural and cultural icons generating the vibrant energies and passions that define the place and its people.