Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Outdoor Art - Urban Light

"Urban Light" is located outside Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Wilshire Blvd and was created by Chris Burden. LACMA's has more than 100,000 objects divided among its numerous departments by region, media, and time period and are spread amongst the various museum buildings.

The Modern Art collection is displayed in the Ahmanson Building which was renovated in 2008 to have a new entrance featuring a large staircase, conceived as a gathering place similar to Rome's Spanish Steps. The outdoor installation stands in LACMA's courtyard of a garden of 100 palm trees, designed by artist Robert Irwin and landscape architect Paul Comstock. Some of the 30 varieties of palms are in the ground, but most are in large wooden boxes above ground.

Commissioned and presented in 2008, Urban Light, is an orderly, multi-tiered installation of 202 antique cast-iron street lights from various cities in and around the Los Angeles area. The street lights are functional, turn on in the evening, and are powered by solar panels on the roof of the BP Grand Entrance. Find out more about Chris Burden at:

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