The mural featured on the cover of singer songwriter Elliott Smith‘s Figure 8 album has been repainted for the 9th anniversary of his death.
The mural, which is in the Silverlake neighbourhood of Los Angeles, had been badly damaged by graffiti, but was repainted on Saturday (October 20) by a group called the Punk Rock Marthas.
Elliott Smith died on October 21, 2003. The mural which features on the cover of 2000’s Figure 8 – the last album to be released in his lifetime – can be found on Sunset Boulevard, outside a shop called Solutions Audio Video Repair.
The original photo on the cover of the album was taken by US music photographer Autumn de Wilde, who has also shot The White Stripes and Beck.
The revamped mural includes Smith’s lyrics featured on paper flowers on the red wavy line, maps of his former residences and paper cranes on the black lines and a number of messages from fans on the white section.
In 2010, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters apologised after graffiti artists he commissioned to promote his The Wall tour accidentally defaced the mural.
A new documentary about Elliott Smith is currently in the works. Heaven Adores You is being directed by Nickolas Rossi and, as well as looking at the life and work of Smith, will cover his impact on fans and fellow musicians since his death.
Read more about it on the film’s Kickstarter page. Heaven Adores You follows 2009’s documentary, Searching For Elliott Smith.