Jan 302012

Whenever I hear Chris Burden’s name, my ears prick up.

He’s an artist who, to my mind at least, never fails to be interesting through his engaging ideas and fresh angles on life.

Nearly seven years ago, Locus+ asked me to make high resolution scans of two sketches made by Chris, detailing their thoughts and intentions for the fantastic collaboration, Ghost Ship.

If you have a moment, it’s well worth taking a look at this project. As Locus+ describe:

“Commissioned to coincide with the Tall Ships Race, 2005, Ghost Ship involved the construction and development of a crewless, self-navigating sailing boat, which undertook its maiden voyage between Fair Isle, Scotland and Newcastle upon Tyne. Audiences were able to track the boat’s progress via a live, daily updated website.”

With the kind permission of Locus+, I’ve unearthed the sketches from my hard drives for you to see here:

Chris Burden, Ghost Ship 2005

© Locus+ and Chris Burden 2005

Chris Burden, Ghost Ship 2005

© Locus+ and Chris Burden 2005

So, back to Metropolis II

On hearing of Burden’s latest piece, I was once again all ears and for good reason. Currently installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his sculpture ticks so many boxes for me on so many levels!

As the Huffington Post write:

“It’s a classic piece of German expressionist cinema reimagined as a complex piece of installation art — or the best ski-electrics set ever, depending on your perspective.

“Artist Chris Burden has built a model city based on Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 film Metropolis that features over 1000 toys cars soaring through its metallic skyscrapers at speeds of up to 230mph. Rarely has a moody dystopia and a critique of capitalism been such fun.”

Here is the piece for your delectation, all captured beautifully via the medium of the moving image…

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