[Update: May 6, 2016: A popup press release at lacma.org now reports that only half of Urban Light will be closed for repairs.]
Urban Light by Chris Burden is scheduled to go dark May 1st for two month restoration. As I found out last night, the site is very popular with photographers. Pros were working on portraits of models and couples. One high school group was working on a video. The regular tourists were taking selfies.
Of course, I took many black and white images with my Hipstamatic app.
Here is my flickr album from last night: 2016 Urban Light.
Five years ago I posted this flickr album: 2011 Urban Light.
The big difference was the crowds. When I visited five years ago, only a few visitors were present - and taking photos.
I talked to a couple security guards. They confirmed the activity last night was normal. Urban Light has definitely become a classic tourist attraction.
The 202 restored cast-iron streetlamps were installed in 2008.
My thoughts on images past and present.