The swirling red and black “S” on the wall of Solutions Audio Speaker Repair was painted by the owner to draw attention to the Silver Lake repair shop. But Solution’s stylized “S” is better known as a memorial to recording artist Elliott Smith, who used a photo of the wall on the cover of his Figure 8 album. Now, nearly 10 years after Smith committed suicide in his Echo Park home, the building behind the Figure 8 Mural, as some call it, is now up for lease.
An employee with Solutions said the repair shop, a popular destination for musicians and owners of vintage stereo and audio equipment, is going to remain in the brick building in the 4300 block of Sunset Boulevard but about 5,000-square-feet of surplus and underused space has been put up for lease, according to LoopNet. While Solutions is willing to move into the space behind the memorial wall, most of the prospective tenants have been interested in leasing that part of the building, said the employee.
“Ideal for restaurant, retail, or creative office use,” says the listing for the space, which is being leased at a monthly rate of $5.50 a square-foot.
The same building has been the home of a speaker repair business since 1939, according to Solutions website. The building now sits in the middle of an increasingly popular location for restaurants, bars and shops. Across the street from Solutions, one of three new buildings planned will bring an additional 300 apartments and more retail and restaurant space to the Sunset Junction area of Silver Lake.
Solutions may not be going anywhere but what happens to the Elliott Smith memorial, where fans still come to sign the wall? The new tenant probably has the final say about the mural’s fate, and must weigh the benefits of uncovering the windows behind the memorial or risk incurring the wrath of Smith fans. The employee said that some potential restaurant tenants had looked at possibly leaving the memorial intact between a pair of windows and doors.
“It does not have to go anywhere,” said the employee.