Column: ‘Urban Light’ artist’s sculpture brightens Claremont

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Artist Chris Burden, who died Sunday at age 69, is a Pomona College alumnus, class of ’69, whose early sculpture “Untitled Sculpture” is on permanent display at the college. Above and below are views of the piece, with a plaque in the lawn giving Burden the credit.

My Wednesday column is about Burden, and there’s an accompanying video that I shot Tuesday morning at the sculpture. The college’s statement about Burden is here. Two more links, both to the LA Times: his obituary by art critic Christopher Knight and an appreciation of “Urban Light” and Burden by architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne.

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Below are his two best-known works, “Urban Light” and, at bottom, “Metropolis II.” A video of the latter can be seen here.

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  • Doug Evans

    Love that Urban Light sculpture… It was my Facebook profile pic a few years back. Well, I was my Facebook profile pic, but the light posts were in the background. Never knew the local connection before!

    • davidallen909

      That’s what I’m here for!