FAMOUS L.A. LIGHT SCULPTURE GOES L.E.D.

Feb 09, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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A new glow is coming from artist Chris Burden’s famous sculpture “Urban Light” – outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

It’s the 10th anniversary of the installation of the 202 vintage street lamps – standing in tight formation at the museum’s Wilshire Boulevard entrance.

The anniversary was celebrated this week with the announcement that all of the more than three hundred incandescent bulbs – have been replaced with LED bulbs.

The change was funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – and will mean 90 per cent power savings – and a considerable reduction in  greenhouse gas emissions.

Burden recovered and restored the antique cast-iron lamp posts over a seven year period – and the artifacts represent 17 different designs used by cities in and around Los Angeles.

The artist died in 2015.

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