The iconic Los Angeles street mural that graced Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 album cover has received a facelift. To honor the ninth anniversary of the late songwriter’s death, who passed away on October 21, 2003, a local group called the Punk Rock Marthas came together this past weekend to rework the grit and grime that’s ravaged the mural over the years (via NME). It was quite a creative process, too.
Structurally, the new mural includes red paper flowers with inscriptions of Smith’s lyrics, black-tinged maps of Smith’s former residences, and white paper letters from fans. According to the group’s Twitter account, “Red- every line from every song. Black- his life + 1000 paper cranes. White- fan messages from all 9 years.”
On Sunday, the Punk Rock Marthas also held a benefit at the nearby Malo Restaurant, where fans celebrated the anniversary of the songwriter’s death with live music, food, memorabilia, and a silent auction to raise money for Free Arts for Abused Children. The organization is a beneficiary of Smith’s estate.
Replay a performance of Figure 8′s “Color Bars” below.