As an art student, I find the art that we learn about in class very interesting because it is art that I would never be interested in, but yet after learning the details I enjoy them. Although I don’t mind learning art through power points, I find physically looking at art more enjoyable. Getting the whole experience of physical artwork is a more exciting way to learn and catches my interest more, which is why I was so excited to visit a new museum and look at some art. For this assignment I decided to go to the LACMA museum. I have been to many museums before, but I have not visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art yet so I was very excited. I find a lot of art very fascinating, but I am more interested in the more contemporary and modern arts. I am a design major so I was drawn to the sculptural art pieces that were displayed outside the building. One piece in particular that I found very beautiful and fascinating was an outside display entitled “Urban Light”.
“Urban Light” was made by an artist by the name of Chris Burden in 2008, which makes this sculpture very recent and present. This piece of art is displayed under the contemporary art department. Contemporary art is known as art produced at this present point in time or art produced since World War II. Two hundred and two restored cast iron and street lamps make this magnificent sculpture. The cast iron lamps once lit the streets of Los Angeles. Despite initial appearances, the arrangement is not a perfect grid. Depending on where the viewer stands, the lamps arrange themselves in different angles and arrays. Burden bought one of these lamps at the Rose bowl flea market, and soon collecting and restoring streetlights became an obsession. He painted them all the same neutral gray, in order to draw the eye to all the different varieties of cast iron decoration. The street lamps are symbols of a civilized and sophisticated city. One that is safe after dark and beautiful to behold....
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