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Artist Paige Smith works under cover of night installing one of her urban geodes at 6140 Hollywood Boulevard.
What's not to love about a fake amethyst jazzing up an abandoned corner of the DTLA landscape? (656 S. Spring St.)
We?re fascinated by street art, from local muralists to artists who use surprising materials. Now an Angeleno has reinvented the genre with a series called Urban Geodes that literally makes our dirty city streets shine.
Artist Paige Smith works under the nom de stone A Common Name and creates brilliantly colored clusters of paper encrusted with resin and paint to look like geodes, those brilliant crystal formations hidden inside volcanic rock. While Smith?s day job is as a graphic designer and fine artist (she?s shown at Time to Shine gallery downtown), at night she prowls the city from Venice to Echo Park cleaning out odd urban crevices and installing her hot rocks.
It?s ersatz art, but it has an earnest message: Smith wants us all to slow down, take notice and appreciate the little things. Her work continually evolves--most recently, she installed a fluorescent green cluster on Melrose that was inspired by the weird natural hues she saw on a trip to Dallas?s Perot Museum mineral hall. Smith helpfully posts locations of her geodes on her website, and we?re following her on Facebook to find out where the brilliant ideas in her head will turn up next.
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