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'Urban Light' sculpture switches from incandescent to LED

Artist Chris Burden's famous sculpture 'Urban Light' is casting a new glow on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with change from incandescent bulbs to LEDs.

Published on February 9, 2018 10:20AM

Last changed on February 9, 2018 3:19PM


LOS ANGELES (AP) Artist Chris Burden's famous sculpture "Urban Light" is casting a new glow on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The 10th anniversary of the installation of the 202 vintage street lamps at the museum's Wilshire Boulevard entrance was celebrated this week with the announcement that all 309 incandescent bulbs have been replaced with LED bulbs.

The change funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will result in a 90 percent power savings and the reduced energy demand will prevent the release of a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

The antique cast-iron lamp posts standing in a tight formation represent 17 different designs used by cities in and around Los Angeles.

Burden recovered and restored them over a seven-year period.

The artist died in 2015.



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