Friday, March 9, 2012

Metropolis II, A City In Motion

Whenever I'm in the Miracle Mile district, I always like to stop by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see their latest exhibits.  Not knowing what to expect, I was very lucky to stumble upon a new installation called Metropolis II located in the West wing of the BCAM building.

A description of Metropolis II from LACMA's website:
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."
The city only comes to life Friday through Sunday for one hour at a time, every other hour, so be sure to check LACMA's website for the full schedule before making your way out there, otherwise you might find yourself trying to kill an hour at Stark Bar, which let's be honest, isn't the worst thing in the world. ;)

Below are a few photos and videos of Metropolis II that I took with an iPhone.  It's really worth going in person to experience all of the intricacies of the installation.

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