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Jackson Pollock

LACMA's 'Space Sculpture' shot from center stage to oblivion

Before there was "Urban Light," there was "Space Sculpture." Erected as a dramatic plaza centerpiece when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art first opened on Wilshire Boulevard 50 years ago, "Space Sculpture" stumbled through a less-than-splendid existence. Like a movie star unable to make the transition from silent pictures to talkies, it shot from center stage to oblivion. "Urban Light," Chris Burden's classical Greco-Roman temple assembled from 202 obsolete city streetlights, is what greets museum visitors today. It's a sculpture that has launched a million selfies. The illuminated shrine to our automotive past became LACMA's...