Paper Geodes Add Life and Surprise to Old Buildings

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If you live in Los Angeles, start looking for these magical "geodes" that have been popping up around town. Paige Smith has been very busy inserting these paper jewels into openings on buildings. Where will she hit next?

These urban treasures could be crystal or quartz mineral formations: found not in nature but unexpected on urban, gritty city streets.

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She has been using paper, not paint or sculptural materials. The first ones were gold, but then she discovered metallic blue. And some are two toned: gold and blue.

Smith has been filling in holes in brick walls and spaces in buildings. But it's a transient art. Some have fallen out, some have gotten wet in the rain and some have been stolen. That's a pity, and frustrating--as she ponders in her blog: "because either it was stolen purely because someone really loved it and wanted it for their own or because the city is a bunch of dicks and said, “We just can’t have this art just sitting in this city property, harumph”. They had to go through the trouble of tearing it out because it was glued too."

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But it didn't stop her--she has made nine so far. As she says: "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."

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Smith has included a map showing where you can find these unexpected treasures.

Tags: Architecture | Arts | Los Angeles | Recycled Building Materials

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