7 Things to know about Chris Burden and Metropolis II before you go

Chris Burden began his work in performance art in a controversial and even danger fashion which has (thankfully) tamed over the years.
Read below to get some interesting facts about the exhibit and the artist.

 

1. In 1971 he stuffed himself into a locker for a full work week in his controversial performance piece Five Day Locker Piece

 2. Also in 1971 in his performance piece Shoot, he was shot in his left arm by his assistant from a distance with a .22 rifle.

3.In 1974, 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 for Trans-Fixed

 4. In 1978, he became a professor at University of California, Los Angeles and resigned in 2005 over a student piece controversy that was mishandled in his perception.

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5. Metropolis II (above) consists of steel beams that form an eclectic grid with an elaborate system of 18 roadways and train track.

6. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent to that of a modern city.

 

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7.  In 2008, he created Urban Lights, which consists of 202 antique street lights found in the city streets of Los Angeles. Currently flanks the entrance at LACMA.

 

Art. Culture. Current Events. jflorentinoweekly 
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