By day, he's a mild-mannered information technologist for a downtown law firm; by night, Doug Hein, 41, is the amateur photographer who took the winning shot for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Urban Light Project, an online "open call" to the public to create the most memorable image of Chris Burden's public art installation "Urban Light."
The Urban Light Project commemorates the first anniversary of Burden's artwork, a signature fixture on the LACMA plaza since last February. The installation of 202 vintage street lamps stands along the museum's Wilshire Boulevard entrance.
Hein's photo, chosen as the best among more than 1,000 submitted, captures the globe of one of those street lamps juxtaposed with a view of an apparently full moon. Hein does not receive a prize, but his photo will be part of LACMA's online exhibition, which goes live today, and will be on the cover of a print-on-demand book that will include 143 top photo images, as well as several video links and a few writings inspired by Burden's artwork. The book, like the exhibition, is available via LACMA's Unframed blog page, at lacma .wordpress.com.
In an interview, Hein, of Long Beach, said that he took the photo (with a Canon S3 camera) before hearing about LACMA's Urban Light Project. "I took the photo in April of last year and then didn't get around to actually processing it until November," he said. Hein added that he found out about the open call when he went to LACMA's website to get details about Burden's artwork and decided to submit the photo.