This Artist Is Turning Urban Decay Into Decor With These Dazzling Crystalized Installations

LA artist Paige Smith has been scattering beautiful crystalized geodes all around town, filling in the nooks and crannies of the city with her stunning art.


She fills cracks between bricks, drain grates, old phone booth interiors, used cans, and the inside of pipes. To make the minerals she uses either spray paint on paper, or silicon-molded resin.

Covering up the city’s blemishes with rugged yet artistic patterns, she’s not only adding flare to the urban spaces, but also inspiring an important conversation. The idea behind using geodes is that the installations illustrate the tension and growing divide between environment and industry.

Her work hasn’t gone unnoticed by any means, and her popularity has inspired artists around the world to do the same. Now, these gems have popped up in countries like South Africa, South Korea, Jordan, and Australia.


Of course, they don’t last forever; at some point they have to come down. But this makes them all the more beautiful. It encourages to stop and appreciate our ever-changing urban spaces.

You can learn more about the project, and see any new work that Paige does at her blog.