Over the past couple of months, shiny crystals quartz and geodes have been discovered in neglected nooks of the Los Angeles Area. The street art project was created by freelance artist and graphic designer Paige Smith, who also goes by A common name. Geode is her latest and ongoing project.
The artist uses painted paper as her main material, and creates three-dimensional sculptures in shapes representing geodes, crystal, quartz or any mineral formation that you could normally find in nature. In doing so, Smith reminds passers-by about the beauties of nature, a character often forgotten in hyperdense urban areas such as Los Angeles. The ‘Geodes’ are placed on various locations around Los Angeles, adding a mysterious and adventurous feel to the urban landscape.
“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.”
As of now, twelve have been placed. Several have already been damaged by rain, were thrown away, or were stolen. Good luck on the urban treasure hunt!