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At a glance, Chris Burden’s “Metropolis” appears to be a mere model of a city.  But when turned on, it becomes a living organism full of the sounds and miniature rushing cars, replicating the energy of a real city.   Standing a mere 10 feet tall, “Metropolis” conveys the rigidity and cohesion of its full-sized counterpart, and when the cars are introduced into the landscape, sometimes at speeds around 230 miles per hour, the city reacts like Frankenstein to lightning and becomes instantly animated.

Article by: Arron Groome

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