PAUSE: Chris Burden’s kinetic toy car sculpture comes to life.


We mentioned performance artist Chris Burden’s new installation Metropolis II, now showing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, once before, but we just discovered this video, directed by  Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, that walks us through the work. Per LACMA’s description:

Metropolis II 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. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. 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.”

We hope that Spy Tech is the next childhood toy on Burden’s radar.