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A night time meetup to photograph store windows in Beverly Hills, on Wilshire Blvd and Rodeo Drive. We started out in the afternoon at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) only to find out it is closed on Wednesdays, including the courtyard we wanted to photograph. Instead, we enjoyed shooting the "Urban Light" installation of street lamps. This forest of city street lights was created by artist Chris Burden. These 202 cast iron lamps once lit the streets of Los Angeles. Burden bought one at the Rose Bowl flea market, and soon collecting and restoring street lights became an obsession. Burden says that street lamps like these were symbols of a civilized and sophisticated city; safe after dark and beautiful to behold. The lights all still work, they are now powered by solar energy. They are switched on every night at dusk, until 10pm. At night, Burden says his sculpture becomes transformed into “a building with a roof of light.” Next we headed to Farmer's Market for dinner, then to our meetup which started at 7:30 on the corner of Peck and Wilshire, outside Saks Fifth Avenue. We didn't have near enough time to capture all the wonderful store windows on Wilshire and Rodeo. Will definitely have to go back!
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