Chris Burden’s Hot Wheels Auto-Urbanism Coming to LACMA

Artist Chris Burden gave conceptual art a real shot in the arm back in 1971 when he had someone fire a rifle at him. Since then he’s evolved into creating elaborate, entertaining museum-scale installations. The latest, coming soon to Los Angeles County Museum of Art is “Metropolis II.” It includes 1,200 custom-designed Hot Wheels-style cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs. Burden’s crew is completing the installation at his Topanga studio, according to LACMA. Check out the video and you can see the scale and significance of the artwork: It seems to capture the multitudes of autos in today’s cities, but its tiny toyishness puts the experience in an aloof – perhaps absurdist – perspective.

-Jack Skelley

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