Chris Burdon, “Urban Light”, Installation of 202 Restored Cast Iron City Street Lights, 2008, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Standing in front of LACMA, “Urban Light” consists of 202 restored cast-iron street lamps, most of which used to light the streets of Southern California. Burden began collecting street lamps in 2000 without a specific work in mind. Ranging from 20 to 30 feet tall, there are a total of 17 different lamp styles represented in Burden’s sampling. Photos do not do this installation justice; you have to be there at night to experience it fully.