"I had an intuitive sense that being shot is as American as apple pie. We see people being shot on TV, we read about it in the newspaper. Everybody has wondered what it's like. So I did it."
Chris Burden has passed away on Sunday from cancer at his home in Topanga, California. The critically acclaimed and sometimes controversial artist was a trailblazer of body art, often torturing or physically hurting himself in the pursuit of his craft.
Over the course of his career, he rolled around in broken glass, nailed himself in a Christ-like fashion to a car, electrocuted himself with live wires and allowed himself to be kicked down the stairs at Art Basel.
But his most famous work of art yet must be the Urban Light, an installation of 202 cast iron street-lamps neatly arranged outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The cluster of beacons has now become a beloved part of LA and illuminates a stretch of the city ever night, juxtaposing his earlier, darker work of self inflicted pain.