For Children From Memories

People: Lane Smith
Lane Smith at home in Roxbury; photo by Chelsea Edgar

Amusement parks have a special place for illustrator Lane Smith. While he studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, he paid his bills by working as a janitor at Disneyland. Each day after class, he put on the white suit and took his pan and broom and shot the breeze with the balloon vendor until the park closed. He swept the Haunted Mansion, dodging motion-activated spooks as he reached for soda bottles that had rolled beyond his reach. Smith thinks that the nights he spent alone in the park played a role in the formation of his otherworldly aesthetic.

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