Metropolis II

Supermarché, directing duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, have released a short documentary film focusing on Metropolis II, the kinetic sculpture created by artist Chris Burden. Filmed in Burden’s studio over three days, the short film features 1,200 Matchbox toy cars reaching speeds of up to 200 scale mph on a multi-tiered labyrinthine structure of mini highways within a miniature city contained within a 20’x30′ space. Joost and Schulman provide the audience with numerous close ups of the tracks, insight from the creator himself and end with a point of view ride on a train inside the sculpture itself. Metropolis II is on its way to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it will be on display in Fall 2011.

Metropolis II Matchbox Cars

Click on the image below to play the Metropolis II video.


Filming was shot by directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Supermarché), with editor Max Joseph, director of photography Van Neistat. Music is by Tortoise (Ten-Day interval) & Mahogany (Windmill International A). Sound was designed by John Chalfant.

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