LACMA's 'Urban Light' to Go Dark

Getty Images

The Wilshire Boulevard attraction will be shut off for two months.

Wilshire Boulevard won't shine so brightly during the months of May and June.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's widely recognized Urban Light sculpture will be shut off temporarily and closed to public access beginning May 1 and extending through June 30, LACMA director of communications Miranda Carroll told The Hollywood Reporter.

Imagined by late artist Chris Burden and installed in 2008, the 202 restored gray cast-iron antique streetlamps, located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., will go dark and be fenced off from the public for two months to undergo repainting.

"They will be painted the same pale gray as they are now and won't look noticeably different," Carroll told THR, adding that nothing other than "the poles being stripped down, rust removed where present and repainted with a durable paint that also meets California's new VOC [Volatile Organic Compound] regulations" will be restored during the closure.

Although individually damaged lightbulbs and shades previously have been replaced, Carroll said this is the first time the entire sculpture has been shut down since its installation.

LACMA's Urban Light has appeared in multiple films, including Ashton Kutcher starrers No Strings Attached and Valentine's Day.

comments powered by Disqus