LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
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LACMA Lights as it has been dubbed by the masses is a large outdoor installation of restored old street lamps that graces the Wilshire corridor. An impressive installation by Chris Burden titled "Urban Light" sits in front of the Museum in the BP Pavilion, and attracts tourists as well as locals who love the effects of the two-hundred and two restored cast iron antique street lamps. LACMA is calling this a sculpture though it is more of a ready-made.
Whether restored or not, the quote unquote, sculpture has made it's indelible impact on LA because it is now considered by many a landmark though it was installed since 2008. It was featured in movies and documentaries obviously being inside the Industries camping ground.
The artist, Chris Burden, who unfortunately just passed away last year in 2015, collected each unique and some similar lamps over several years. The installation displays many different styles and heights, some even originating from the streets of California from the 1920's and 1930's.
The greatest part of the exhibit is that it is free and open to the public well after the Museum is closed and is lit up all night. The powerful lights are solar powered and time-switched on right at the break of dusk. This is probably the most important installation for Los Angeles to this day standing for unbridled hope and thoughtful passion for an area that frankly still needs work. Burden felt this as well and was able to get the museum funders to buy his project. Now an icon of phenomenal power, Urban Light takes its place in both the historical annals and ever-changing art scene of LA as well as for an exciting time of urban re-newel. If this installation has the ability to influence younger generations and the people of LA to help and heal the city, anything is possible in the dynamic world we live in.
CHRIS BURDEN "URBAN LIGHT"
CHRIS BURDEN URBAN LIGHT
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