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.”


Rare Ephraim Faience Pottery Sculpted Crystal Flambe’ Vase #833


We’re currently offering a few selections from the Abetica Studios collection through our eBay Store, including this beautiful and rare Ephraim Faience Pottery “Sculpted Crystal Flambe’ Vase #833” in excellent condition.

  • One of just 17 produced before retirement.
  • Purchase includes the original information and care instructions card.
  • In perfect condition – No visible chips, scratches, cracks, etc.
  • 1998 potter’s mark
  • Measures approximately 5-1/4″”W X 6-3/4″H

This beautifully crafted pottery was acquired directly from Ephraim Faience in 1998 by our Scottsdale, AZ studio.

Free insured shipping via USPS Priority Mail.

Astrid Kirchherr Dies: Beatles Photographer Who Gave The Boys Their Mop-Top Look Was 81 — Deadline

Astrid Kirchherr, photographer and early friend of The Beatles whose avant garde style helped transform the young band from ’50s-era greasers to mop-top trend-setters, died Wednesday in her native Hamburg, Germany. She was 81. The German newspaper Die Zeit reports that Kirchher died following a “short, serious illness,” with no additional details provided…

via Astrid Kirchherr Dies: Beatles Photographer Who Gave The Boys Their Mop-Top Look Was 81 — Deadline

West Coast Sea Nettles


Found along the coasts of California and Oregon, these sea jellies feed on small fish and plankton that come in contact with the jellies’ stinging tentacles.

Photographed at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.