When Chris Burden died earlier this month, the art world paid respect to a man whose outrageous career found him crucified on the back of a Volkswagen beetle and shot with a rifle on camera by his assistant at his own request. Social media users remembered him somewhat differently. On Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, the L.A. artist’s legacy is being the sculptor behind one of the city’s most oft-photographed backdrops: LACMA’s “Urban Light.” Seemingly every good local and tourist has posed once or twice in front of the iconic maze of lights. The installation has also appeared in films, on television shows, in commercials, music videos, and art projects. In the weeks following his death, Burden is missed, but his lampposts keep glowing—both in front of the museum and in our selfies.
We scoured the Internet (and even the personal albums of a few Los Angeles magazine staffers) to find these, the 45 coolest-looking, best-lit, and most moving images of the solar-powered landmark. Take a look: