While lurking peoples' facebooks and reading Stuff White People Like I came to a certain realization - the installation piece in front of LACMA has become a status symbol of sorts. It's cool and interesting enough that you can have a profile picture with it and look "cultured." A picture in front of the lamps says "I'm so hip because I leave my happy little slice of suburbia to venture into LA, which is sooooo cool. I'm also artsy, because I can appreciate this installation piece and actually know of its existence. But I totally knew about this before it got big. And while we're here, I know this great little hole-in-the-wall restaurant with the best (insert ethnic dish)."
On a similar note: #103 in the book is self-deprecating humor. And #50 is irony. Shit.