"Urban Light" is a 2008 public art assemblage sculpture by Chris Burden of 202 restored vintage lampposts from the 1920s and 1930s. The lampposts are cast iron and range from 20 to 30 feet in height; many were salvaged from Los Angeles neighborhoods. It is located in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard, and it was Burden's express intention to locate the piece in the empty plaza next to the sidewalk to enhance the space with a highly engaging and visible public artwork.

Since its 2008 installation, Burden's "Urban Light" has become one of Los Angeles' most popular and iconic public artworks, with critics rating its popularity as unprecedented in the Los Angeles region. It attracts large numbers of daily visitors and tourists, has been featured as a locale in films and events, and has become a popular site for weddings. "Urban Light" is open to the public 24/7 and includes dusk-to-dawn solar-powered lighting.


  • Title: Urban Light
  • Creator: Chris Burden
  • Date: 2008
  • Date Created: 2008
  • Physical Location: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
  • Location Created: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 26.5 x 57 x 58.5 ft
  • Subject Keywords: Public art, Street Lights, Lampposts, Chris Burden, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Public Space, Contemporary art, City of Los Angeles
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © 2008 Chris Burden
  • External Link: Public Art in Public Places - "Urban Light", Google Maps
  • Medium: street lights, street lights, street lamps, light standards, cast iron
  • Art Genre: Public art
  • Art Form: Assemblage
  • Depicted Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

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