Sparkling Street Art: ‘A Common Name'

BY HARPER'S BAZAAR ARABIA / Oct 13 2015 / 19:07 PM

The artist putting on a dazzling display at Dubai Design Week

Sparkling Street Art: ‘A Common Name'
Sparkling Street Art: ‘A Common Name'

A street art project hailing from LA is turning boring, forgotten-about space into cool places of interest, from America’s west coast to Bali, and Amman in Jordan.

Having launched back in 2013, Urban Geode is a street art project by ‘A common Name’ – AKA artist Paige Smith; that began on the sidewalks of Los Angeles. However rather than using traditional paint to graffiti, Paige creates high shine mini-installations from paper or resin in 3D sculpture forms, with a multitude of ‘pop up’ locations now on her CV.

The finished shapes represent ‘geodes’, crystal formations, quartz, or any mineral structure that you would normally find in nature, only tucked away in secret little building crevices or pipes of crumbling infrastructures.

“I draw inspiration from quiet, modest, tucked away spaces: the cracks in between bricks, the grating of a drain, the inside of a pipe and interior of a derelict phone booth. ‘Urban Geodes’ are created either out of hand cut and folded paper or individually cast resin and configured seamlessly to fit into spaces that inspire me.” Says the young artist. “These installations are like hidden gems sprinkled across the world that invite us to actually look, to be playful and discover and to participate in a glorious and global treasure hunt.”

A freelance artist and graphic designer by day, Paige hopes to continue her project for a long time and continue to develop the concept around the world, adding pretty interest to various urban settings. She says, “I enjoy the fact that many people will not notice these, but some astute people will; that these will not last forever and the weather will affect them as naturally as it might in nature.”

Find out more about the project at, and watch out for 'Things [Extra]Ordinary, when Dubai-based boutique s*uce collaborates Smith to create a trail of work around Dubai, from October 26-31.