Where were you when you found out Elliott Smith was dead? This seems to be a question nearly all my friends can answer without hesitation, like where they were during the chase of the white Bronco through Los Angeles or on 11 September. (I was in class during my first year of art school, when all of a sudden everyone started receiving texts from friends alerting us to his death.) I bring this up today because I have found out that plans to clean up the iconic wall Smith stood before for the cover of his album “Figure 8” have finally been implemented. For readers of LAist, you may remember this post from nearly six months ago, wondering why, of all the walls in Los Angeles, this one had to be the target of some particularly unappealing tagging. It’s disheartening to see the wall wiped clean of all the layers of earnest messages from fans, but unfortunately necessary. Hopefully this will last a little longer.
As It Was:
As It Is Now: