Medium: Outdoor installation of 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps outside LACMA, Los Angeles
Since its installation in 2008, Urban Light has become a visual icon of Los Angeles. 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. Michael Govan reportedly acquired the piece for LACMA with funds from Andrew M. Gordon's family foundation after a visit to Burden's Topanga Canyon studio not long after he arrived in Los Angeles as the new director of LACMA in 2006.