Roger Waters hired street artists to wheat-paste or project images and an anti-war quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower around NYC and L.A. to promote his upcoming The Wall tour. But the street team picked the wrong wall when they pasted the message and images on the side of Solutions, an audio shop in Silverlake. The shop’s outside wall is where Autumn de Wilde shot the cover of Figure 8, and it’s been an unofficial memorial to Smith since his death in 2003.
Waters, who said he was previously unaware of Elliott Smith and his work, apologized via a phone interview with the L.A. Weekly:
It was absolutely an accident. I didn’t want to disrespect Elliott Smith’s fans, and I’ve instructed (the team) to remove the wheat paste immediately. It was a random pasting in the normal course of this, and I want to make it public that we had no intent to offend or cover up something precious.
Waters said he’s instructed the team to remove the posters. He also seemed irritated by the backlash: “It’s not like this was some pristine monument and Roger Waters is the Big Bad Wolf who covered it up.” He also said that if Elliott Smith were alive, he’d probably be sympathetic to the message from the Republican president. Of course, if Smith were alive, we wouldn’t need a memorial.