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The way the installation became a Los Angeles icon

The main entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was through a hole in the postmodern fortress of the Art of the Americas Building on Wilshire Boulevard from the mid-eighties through the late aughts. In 2008, the museum launched a drastically reconfigured campus, created by designer Renzo Piano, that shifted the biggest market of gravity west up to a brand new pavilion and walkway spanning the campus from Sixth Street to Wilshire Boulevard. A three-story red escalator rose to the top floor and main entrance of the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum; to the east, a new staircase built to showcase Tony Smith’s sky-scraping “Smoke” sculpture led up toward the old campus to its west.

The pavilion was supposed to be anchored with a replica steam locomotive hanging from a 160-foot crane and belching smoke, a still-to-this-day-theoretical work by Jeff Koons in the middle. Rather, LACMA mind Michael Govan made a decision to erect a “open-air temple” on the internet site, consists of 202 classic lampposts, painted a consistent gray, arranged symmetrically. Seven years later on, it is difficult to imagine A los angeles before “Urban Light,” now the absolute most work that is famous Chris Burden. (more…)