26 January 2012

vroom, vroom! (metropolis II at LACMA)

back when maison21 was just a little boy, his favorite toys were 1) legos and 2) hot wheels. our indulgent mother used to let lil m21 set up giant hot wheel tracks in teh living room (the only space with enough room to make the enormous tracks m21's grandiose child mind needed ), and we'd build houses, tunnels and bridges out of our legos to compliment.

but alas, we never had enough track or enough legos to make our visions really come true, so we were completely enraptured when we visited LACMA a week ago see the installation, "metropolis II" by chris burden... our childhood dreams come to life, put in a museum, and called art. totes amazing.

burden says this about the piece: ""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." and frankly, m21 calls bullshit- we think mr. burden is just another frustrated kid, who never had enough track or legos to build his dream, so as an adult got some wealthy art patron to give him the money to make his little boy dreams come true. ;-)

whether it's art or not, we don't know, but we do know it is totally and completely awesome (our heart literally started beating faster when we walked into the installation), and since LACMA is only 4 blocks from teh atelier, we plan on visiting it many more times over its ten year run at the museum. we also suggest if you have a little boy in your life, you get him to LACMA stat- though be prepared for him to ask for hot wheels and legos for xmas!

thanks mr. burden! you made 8 year old me, very, very happy.


Karena said...

Oh fun and cool! We don't ever have to grow up do we?

Art by Karena

Turling said...

HA! I was the Lego's and Hot Wheels kid, too! We through in wood blocks, as well, since no one has enough Lego's and we could make blocks if need be.

My son, though, not so much the Hot Wheels with his Lego's as remote control helicopters. Oil rigs, airports, the bat cave, you name, he makes it. Sign of the times, I guess.

jane said...

Couldn't agree more - saw Metropolis II a couple of weeks ago and stood transfixed. Laughed when my husband said, completely serious, "this is the best art exhibit I have ever seen." Can't wait to take my two boys to see it - they will flip.