Hidden “Gems” in Los Angeles

Let’s face it, Los Angeles can be a less than clean city at times. Containing the largest population of people in the United States, this mass area of human traffic can have its effect on the environment and public art can be limited. It may be only a matter of time before that art piece may be tagged or tampered with. Yet as this metropolis continues to grow as a city that is inspirational for artists, one street artist has contributed her work into the cracks of the city that everyone either loves or hates.

Geode is the name of the work and it basically is geometric shapes made of hard paper that resemble crystals one would find in rocks and caverns. Varying in color and size, the artist Paige Smith fits these crystalline structures into hidden parts in the city. She has placed twelve throughout Los Angeles and Hollywood so far and is hoping to do more in other cities.

A parallel aspect of these “geodes” in nature and in the city is they are always unexpected treasures. You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment. I enjoy the fact that many people will not notice these, but some astute people will; that these will not last forever and the weather will affect them as naturally as it might in nature.

Paige Smith’s website “A Common Name”
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via JeannieJeannie

Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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  1. Susan Quandesays:

    Wow My friend Marion does this beautifully. Thanks I want my friends to see this.

  2. Susan Quandesays:

    I loved the idea of art in the city. Chicago has some super art as well as Missoula.

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