Street Artist Paige Smith Adorns City with Hidden Gems
One of Paige Smith's works (KTLA-TV)
But did you ever think that you could also find art right on the street in your own neighborhood?
In the downtown L.A. arts district, you're flooded with random images created by local artists in all shapes, sizes and colors.
If you're lucky, you'll also stumble upon one of Paige Smith's works -- a small jewel of sorts, tucked away in the most random places.
Smith told KTLA's Lu Parker that she loves to walk the streets of Los Angeles, and it's on those streets that she's finding inspiration for her art.
She moved to Los Angeles from San Francisco just two years ago, and has been working on her art project since late last year.
Smith has completed 11 installations in all -- as she describes, literally filling holes just about anywhere.
Her works appear in old pipes, on brick walls and even in empty telephone booths.
"People tag on them... there's trash inside. I have to clean it out and put something in it," Smith said. "I look at it as helping to beautify the city a little bit."
At first glance, it's hard to tell exactly what the objects are. Many believe they could be gold crystals, plastic or painted wood.
But get closer, and you see that it's simply paper.
"I have a rhythm. I fold and fold and fold," Smith said. "I fold all the pieces. Then I glue, glue and glue."
As you might expect, it takes hours and a lot of patience for Smith to create her works.
"I know all my shapes by heart," she said. "I get really small with these, but the smaller the harder."
Smith then glues each piece individually inside a paper box that she has already pre-measured and cut out. Plaster is used to shape it perfectly for the space.
Adding some color comes next.
"I basically fill it with paint," Smith explained.
She admits that her works usually last only a short time. They're destroyed by nature, and unfortunately, by people as well.
But Smith says it's all worth it, and she hopes her artwork has become a reflection of her desire to wake people up.
"I love putting it in a public forum for people," she said about her art. "I love the message, 'Stop, look around you. You might see something beautiful.'"
While most of Smith's work has been in the Arts District, her latest installation will go on the side of a building at the corner of Hollywood and ?????
If you're in the area, see if you can find it!
Like Paige says, it can be like finding a hidden treasure.
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