Chris Burden created Urban Light in 2008 from 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps.
For the artist, the street lights symbolize a civilized, sophisticated city that was safe after dark and beautiful to look at. The lights are powered by solar energy and are on every night from dusk until dawn. The individual lights were collected from various resources, including the Rose Bowl flea market. The lamps were all painted a neutral gray in order to draw attention to their individual details and maintain a cohesive installation. At first glance, the lamps appear to be in a perfect grid, however. depending on where the viewer stands, the lamps arrange themselves in different angles.
The work has made appearances in Hollywood films, commercials, and photo shoots and is quickly becoming a must see for Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Via Miranda Sweeney