Kinetic Sculpture Shows The Future Of Our Metropolis [Video]

Kinetic Sculpture Shows The Future Of Our Metropolis [Video]
Arts & Culture

A miniature model gives us a glimpse into a chaotic urban environment with 100,000 tiny peeding cars.

Yi Chen
  • 20 january 2012

Metropolis II is a complex kinetic miniature sculpture that portrays a scaled-model city with 100,000 cars circulating every hour at a speed of 240 miles per hour. The installation took artist Chris Burden four years to put together using 1,100 moving toy cars to create a glimpse of what the future could hold for dense city areas. The modeled cars zoom around a network of elaborate roadway tracks and create a sense of organized chaos. Burden explains:

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.

The sculpture is currently exhibited at LACMA in Los Angeles, USA. Watch the video below for a glimpse of what our future may hold:

Metropolis II



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