lunes, 26 de marzo de 2012

METRÓPOLIS II Car and Train track at LACMA (LA)

¿Y si fuera de slot, y a 1:32 y jugable...? En cualquier caso, un espectáculo de obra de arte. (Información original: LACMA -Click-). Por Chris Burden.

Dimensions: 9’9″ (H) x 28’3” (W) x 19’2” (D) (297 cm x 862 cm x 584 cm)

- 3 1/2 hp DC motors with motor controllers
- 1,100 custom-manufactured die-cast cars
- 13 HO-scale train sets with controllers and tracks
- Steel, aluminum, shielded copper wire, copper sheet, brass, various plastics, assorted woods and manufactured wood products, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Dado Cubes, glass, ceramic and natural stone tiles, acrylic and oil-based paints, rubber, sundry adhesives

- The cars are attached by a small magnet to the conveyor belt that brings them to the crest
- The only motorization of the cars is the conveyor belt to the top
- Once the cars cross over the crest and head downward, their entire movement is by gravity
- They travel at a scale speed of 240 mph, plus or minus
- The tracks they take are Teflon coated to reduce friction
- The tracks are beveled at 7 degrees to give added torque for speed when they come through corners and curves

Here down, operator Alison Walker, watches miniature cars move along the roads in Chris Burden’s latest kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The sculpture does more than just imitate life. The colorful display of roads, cars, trains and buildings is art imitating what the artist foresees life being like in five or 10 years.

Image: © Chris Burden. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by E. Koyama. Courtesy of the Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Foundation.


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."

More information: FAST CoDESIGN - ART INFO.


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