Chris Burden at LACMA

The man who once began his work in performance art in a controversial and even danger fashion has tamed over the years although is still producing iconic works.  While not as controversial and dangerous as his earlier works such as Five Day Locker Piece and Shoot. This is more of a futuristic look into the future and a childhood fascination that manifested this creation in Metropolis II is a intricate piece that must be seen to be believed.

Chris Burden’s Metropolis II (2011) kinetic art project consisting of steel beams that form an eclectic grid with an elaborate system of 18 roadways and train track. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent to that of a modern city.


Burden began to work in performance art in the early 1970s, controversial performances such as Five Day Locker Piece (1971) where he stuffed himself into a locker for a full work week and his 1971 performance piece Shoot, in which he was shot in his left arm by an assistant from a distance with a .22 rifle. Also notably, Trans-Fixed took place in 1974, where he laid face up on a Volkswagen Beetle and had nails hammered into both of his hands, as if he were being crucified on the car. Throughout the years thankfully his works have become tamer and more lasting. In 2008, Burden created Urban Light, which consists of 202 antique street lights of Los Angeles. The exhibit is currently flanking the entrance at LACMA. In 1978, he became a professor at University of California, Los Angeles and resigned in 2005 over a student piece controversy.

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