Artist Chris Burden Dies at 69

Look around, the work of Chris Burden (or someone inspired by him) may be right down the street. Burden died yesterday at his Topanga Canyon home after battling melanoma, according to artist Paul Schimmel, who said his friend was diagnosed 18 months ago. Known for sculpture and his conversation-starting public installations, Burden was also quite the fearless performance artist, famously having his assistant shoot him in the left arm with a rifle for 1971's "Shooter." In 1974, he was more or less crucified in Venice, Calif. for "Trans-Fixed," his hands nailed to a Volkswagen Beetle as he lay across the top.