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Burden’s work

Artist Chris Burden created “Urban Lights,” a sculpture for the new entryway to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It consists of 202 vintage streetlights from Los Angeles and other cities. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Workers install some of the 202 streetlights for artist Chris Burden’s “Urban Lights,” which will form a new entryway to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
The 202 light poles in the “Urban Lights” installation vary in height and come mostly from cities in Southern California. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Indian characters appear on the base of a streetlight from 1920s Glendale. In a few years, the swastika design would be used as a symbol of Germany’s Nazi party. The Glendale lamps are part of the “Urban Lights” installation by Chris Burden that will form a new entryway as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is reconfigured with the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Burden began buying vintage streetlights from swap meets and formed an installation at his own studio in Topanga Canyon. A representative of LACMA saw the installation there and commissioned “Urban Lights,” which forms a new entryway for the museum. (Norbert Schroerner / LACMA)