SILVER LAKE — If you are an Elliott Smith fan, brace yourself the next time you go past the unofficial memorial to the late singer. About half of the wall sign featured on the cover of Smith’s Figure 8 album has been removed to install a window for a new restaurant now taking shape inside the Sunset Boulevard building.
“They have ruined the Elliott Smith memorial,” said an Eastsider reader who snapped a photo of the wall. “My neighborhood is change for the worse. What is going on here?”
The swirling red and black “S” was not painted with Smith in mind. It was painted by the owners of Solutions Audio Speaker Repair to draw attention to the Silver Lake repair shop. But the sign became associated with Smith after it appeared on the cover of his 2000 album. The same sign later became a shrine to Smith, who lived in Echo Park at the time of his death in 2003.
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