'Urban Light': Everything you didn't know about L.A.'s beloved landmark

You can thank Max.

One afternoon in 2000, artist Chris Burden was wandering through the Rose Bowl Flea Market with his friend Paul Schimmel, then chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Schimmel’s son Max, 11, came running over, excited about a vendor selling vintage street lamps, which were disassembled and strewn across the ground.

Check them out, Max urged.

And that’s how Burden found the first street lamps that would form his “Urban Light” installation, now at the entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The artwork, one o…
ENTERTAINMENT – Los Angeles Times

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