Chris Burden (Metropolis II)

The sheer magnitude of road infrastructure and its authoritative aesthetics captivate me to a point where I often find myself tracing huge arterials on satellite maps all over the world. And from this perspective I was quite pleased indeed to view the works of Chris Burden. His Metropolis II installation is particularly appeasing: in not just scale and aesthetic, but that it also holds sway to a political bent. Burden was initially a performancebased artist, but post1992 he continues to work principally with sculpture, assembly, and installation. The clip below, from Metropolis II features his latest piece which took 4 years to complete and was finally exhibited this year at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; where it is on permanent display.