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Photos: Elliott Smith Wall Gets Badly-Needed TLC

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The iconic "Figure 8" mural in Silver Lake was getting some much-needed TLC today—just in time for the 9th anniversary of Elliott Smith's death tomorrow.

Today a high school volunteer group called the Punk Rock Marthas was cleaning up the mural, which has been badly marred by graffiti. LAist reader Greg Katz e-mailed us some pictures of the clean-up crew at work, as well as a video with the crew's leader Anji Williams explaining the project.

It's not just about fixing up the mural. Every Smith lyric ever has been written down on red strips of paper and affixed to the red lines. The black lines have paper cranes with maps of places that he lived, music he's listened to and his own albums. The white space has messages from fans over the past decade.

Here's the video with Williams:

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