This was our day today:
Chris Burden’s Metropolis II is an intense and a complex kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. According to Burden, “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.”
It’s a fun exhibit — lots of zooming cars and moving parts. I liked how there was a person standing and tending to the cars in the middle of the exhibit during our visit. I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be part of the permanent installation, but there was something funny and apt about a full-sized person standing in the midst of the chaotic miniature cityscape.
I certainly felt like I was that guy today . . . We spent most of today prepping Toki for our big move. Here was her/our schedule:
- 9:30 AM – anesthesia-free teeth cleaning at Healthy Spot in Santa Monica
- 10:3o AM – cleaning and packing up all of Toki’s toys, gear, food and sundries for the cross country drive . . . can’t forget her medical records!
- 12:30 – one last trip to the beaches of Malibu, at the Leo Carrillo State Park (sigh)
- 2:30 – a quick Furminator de-shedding session at the trailhead of the Zuma Ridge Trail (it’s so much easier to de-shed outside!)
- 3:00 – a rattlesnake brush up training session . . . best done before leaving California (reputable rattlesnake aversion trainers aren’t common back east)
- 4:00 – Grom ice cream at the Malibu Country Mart for the humans (with a taste for Toki) to celebrate
- 5:00 – back home, and time to pack our stuff!!
I have some pictures from Leo Carrillo dog beach and the rattlesnake aversion training that I’ll post next week, but first, I have to recover . . . !