A group of artists have cleaned and added to the Los Angeles memorial to Elliott Smith to mark what would have been the singer-songwriter’s 42nd birthday.
The mural in Silver Lake was featured on the cover of Smith’s 2000 album ‘Figure 8’ and became an unofficial memorial to the star after his death in 2003.
As well as tidying up the mural, the volunteers have added a stencil painting of Smith. This is the first major work done to the wall in three years, since blue marks made by vandals on the wall were painted over, reports LAist.
In May 2010 former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters had to apologise after graffiti artists employed by him defaced the Elliott Smith memorial wall.
Waters had asked the artists to erect wheat paste posters bearing an anti-war quote from President Eisenhower across American cities, in promotion of his tour of Pink Floyd’s 1979 concept album ‘The Wall’.
However, one wall covered was the front of shop Solutions Audio on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, which hosts the mural.
“It was absolutely an accident,” Waters told the LA Times about the tagging of the wall. “I didn’t want to disrespect Elliott Smith’s fans, and I’ve instructed [the team] to remove the wheat paste immediately. It was a random pasting in the normal course of this, and I want to make it public that we had no intent to offend or cover up something precious.”