Monday, 11 July 2011

LACMA_ Urban Lights

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in western US. Established in 1910, the museum was rooted in the LA Museum of History which makes the latest outdoor exhibition all the more meaningful. Urban Light, by Chris Burden, is an installation created from 202 cast iron street lamps that once lit the streets of LA in the early 20th Century.

Burden first bought one of these lamps the Rose Bowl flea market and soon began to collect and restore them. The lamps here have been painted grey to draw the eye to the detail in the different cast iron metal decorations and are arranged in an imperfect grid so that, depending on where the viewer stands, the lamps arrange themselves at various angles. At night the lamps power on (using solar energy) and create 'a building with a roof of light.'

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