Urban Geodes


Filling in the cracks and concerns of Los Angeles is Artist Paige Smith A.K.A. A Common Name with hand folded paper crystals. These urban geodes of bright pinks, purple, and metallic allow Smith to bring a little bit of art into spaces in the city that are neglected. 

“Geodes are formations made and found in nature and my process of using manmade materials and placing them in major cities concurrently signals the tension between nature and industry and celebrates the beauty of urban space,” says Smith in an artist statement about the project. “My work is infused with a magical realism that encourages us to pause, to discover, to be present and to find beauty in the mundane.”

You can see more of her crystalline interventions on her Instagram.

All images by Paige Smith.