One of my secret obsessions is street art, both in two and three dimension. There’s nothing that I find more intriguing that the beautiful contrasted with the rough, gritty, and inherently not pretty. So when I happened upon this project by Paige Smith of A Common Name, I instantly fell in love. I told you on monday that I’ve been loving on geodesic figures, and these intricately cut and painted paper geodes fitted into the crumbling buildings and gaps in the infrastructure of LA are phenomenal — and totally of the “why didn’t I think of that” vein. I am so taken with the concept of people installing art in order to better the public experience, especially when it’s so unique. The symbolism — whether intended or not — behind this project captures my heart too … that of the beauty in the mundane, the treasure behind the hard, cold exterior of the urban environment. Tell me, if you were walking through the streets of LA and you came upon a gold geode in a gap between bricks, wouldn’t it stop you in your tracks?