8/26/2011

Video of the day: Metropolis II by Chris Burden

Metropolis II is an installation by artist Chris Burden. This will be open at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this fall. This is an intense and a complex kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks.
Metropolis II, Image © Chris Burden, Photography © E. Koyama, Courtesy
Gagosian Gallery. Originally appeared on lacma

Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. "The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city", Chris Burden said, "It wasn't about making a scale model!"






Source: Phaidon, Lacma

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