SILVER LAKE — Bar Angeles owners defend themselves in LA Weekly, explaining why they marred the cherished Elliott Smith mural. Apparently, there’s been “some inevitable backlash,” but “most reactions have been positive,” says Wade McElroy, co-owner of Bar Angeles.
The mural stumbled into cultural significance back in 2000, when it served as the background for Elliott Smith in the cover photo of his album Figure 8. Smith died three years later, and the wall became a sort of memorial site for Smith’s fans.
Fortunately, the part of the mural that appeared on Smith’s album is still there. But the other half was largely displaced by a thick window and glass blocks earlier this year. The section that was removed was placed inside but the change has still upset many of Smith’s fans.
According to the Weekly, the curvy design was painted 30 years ago for the Solutions stereo shop, which is still next door.
Bar Angeles is located in the 4300 block of Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake.
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