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.

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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.”

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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.

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“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.”

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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.”