LACMA’s Urban Lights

One of my favorite museums is Los Angeles County Museum of Art | LACMA with its Public art- Urban Lights.I’ll give you some information how the urban lights appeared there.
In 2008, Chris Burden created Urban Light, a sculptural work consisting of 202 found antique street lights that had once stood around Los Angeles. The work is on view outside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the solar-powered lights are illuminated at dusk. The cast iron street lamps are of 17 styles, which vary depending on the municipality that commissioned them. Burden first began collecting street lamps in December 2000 without a specific work in mind. He would continue collecting them for the next seven years. He purchased his first two lamps at the Rose Bowl Flea Market after bargaining down the price from $950 to $800, each. He purchased about 60 from contractor and collector Anna Justice, who was instrumental in the restoration: sandblasting, recasting missing parts, and rewiring to code, then painting the lamps a uniform grey. As Burden’s collection grew, the ground around his Topanga Canyon studio became littered with parts, which the artist referred to as “lamp carcasses”. Most of the street lamps came from the streets of Southern California, including Hollywood, Glendale, and Anaheim. Some came from Portland, Oregon. Among the 17 styles represented are the Outpost, Hollywood and Pacific Twin. The largest, most ornate, called Rose Poles, were from downtown Los Angeles; a few can still be seen at the corner of Broadway and Sixth.
Since its installation, Urban Light has become a much photographed location, leading some observers to declare the work a Los Angeles icon.
It is a sight to see at day or night. If You Haven’t Seen It Yet, Then It’s About Time to Do It!


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