After Elliott Smith‘s suicide in October 2003, fans began to pay homage to the artist they loved so much in Silver Lake on Sunset Boulevard where Smith posed for the cover of his 2000 album, Figure 8 (below). It became a place where people from all over came to sign their names, write poetry and pay their respects. I made a trip out to Silver Lake to see my brother a few weeks ago, so I had to go to the wall. That’s me above. I tried to emulate the Figure 8 cover, but there was a car parked right in front, so we had to go with a side-angle. As you can see there are a few tags on the wall, obviously not paying tribute (just being dicks). Due to the occassional vandal, they have had to repaint the wall (see pics below). I was expecting something huge, but it is actually pretty small, wedged on a wall next to an electronics store and a McDonalds. That said, being there was comforting. I left feeling closer to the music that I love and the artist that left us too soon. The wall is located at 4334 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029.
Restoring the Wall