Urban geode art by Paige Smith

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“These installations are like hidden gems sprinkled across the world that invite us to actually look, to be playful and to participate in a glorious and global treasure hunt…My work is infused with a magical realism that encourages us to pause, to discover, to be present and to find beauty in the mundane.”

Los Angeles based artist Paige Smith aka A Common Name has installed crystal geodes into quiet, hidden corners of the globe. Made from folded paper and cast resin, her crystalline creations have graced the streets of Bali, Madrid, Istanbul, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Smith has also set up a beta program where other artists are invited to install geode art in other parts of the world. These stunning manmade but seemingly natural formations emerging out of bricks, drains and even phone booths are designed to highlight the tension between nature and industry.

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Images via A Common Name and This is Colossal

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).