Metropolis II – Building a miniature city by doing art


With his art project „Metropolis II“, performance artist Chris Burden faced a real challange. In close collaboration with his team he intended to rebuild the vibrant blood vessels – streets – of a modern city. It took them more than four years to finally realize their miniature and moreover creating one of the most discussed pieces of this year’s art.

By moving about 1100 die-cast cars on highspeed and 18 different lanes, they dynamically show the rushed tangle of today’s city life. According to Burden, “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.” It is a model of the city of Los Angeles, except that it runs more freely and smoothly. About a hundred thousand cars flow through the contraption every hour, crashes just happen rarely by now.

Watch out for their stunning installation and colorful construct, right before it is moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this Fall.


Header Image(s) from Pixabay & Gratisography
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