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LACMA: Chris Burden, Metropolis II (2010)

Our final installment of this year’s #MuseumWeek flashback brings us to LACMA – the Los Angeles Museum of Art and the three-story Broad Contemporary Art Museum—or BCAM., where Chris Burden’s Metropolis II mesmerized us.


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art describes the installation: “Chris Burden’s Metropolis II is an intense kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city.”


Metropolis II features over a thousand cars that zip through a miniature city, is a testament to the artist’s inventiveness in employing complex sculpture to fashion a kinetic, engaging artwork that has thrilled millions.


“On long-term loan from the Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Foundation, Metropolis II is inspired by the frenetic, human-made environs that characterize today’s cities.”


According to Burden, “The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars produce in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st century city.”