Probably even more famous than the LACMA art museum itself is the Urban Light installation by Chris Burden. Situated next to the museum in a public area on Wilshire Boulevard the art installation is a magnet for photography, and Instagram, loving tourists. Installed back in 2008 the 202 antique cast-iron street lights are a delight for portrait shootings and art enthusiasts looking for the golden cut. Urban Light by Chris Burden is also a great alternative if you want to visit LACMA in Los Angeles on a Wednesday, as the museum is closed on that day every week. Now at the beginning of December, there weren’t many other people around, and you could just sit and chill next to the art installation, and log in to the free WiFi of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The Artist, Chris Burden, began to collect cast iron lamps without any project in mind back in 2000. The lamps he eventually used for this installation have all been real street lights in the streets of Los Angeles and nearby cities, such as Hollywood or Anaheim, some are even from Portland in Oregon. All the Urban Light street lights are fully functional, and light up in the evening. They are powered by solar panels on the roof of the BP Grand Entrance.
Christopher Lee “Chris” Burden already died in 2015, aged just 69 years, after being diagnosed with melanoma months earlier.
Address Urban Light at LACMA Los Angeles
5905 Wilshire Blvd