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December 4, 2010

Metropolis II — by Chris Burden

Chris Burden's multi-track construction, begun in 2006 by the California artist and a team of eight studio assistants, including an engineer, is still being built.

According to Carol Vogel's November 18, 2010 New York Times story, "It includes 1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs."

And: "In 'Metropolis II,' by his calculation, 'every hour 100,000 cars circulate through the city,' Mr. Burden said. 'It has an audio quality to it. When you have 1,200 cars circulating it mimics a real freeway. It’s quite intense.'"

The piece is headed for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, whose director, Michael Govan, said, "I reserved it the day I saw it. It's a portrait of L.A."

Installation there is expected to take two to three months.

[via Richard Kashdan and Retro Thing]

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quite a jump from when he had someone shoot him through the arm with a rifle in a gallery 40 years ago

Posted by: rob | Dec 4, 2010 10:50:22 PM

That is amazing!

Soooo, the "matrix" is looking more possible?

Stay tuned, err, stay tuned-out!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Dec 4, 2010 7:00:41 PM

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