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Something a bit different; kinetic art

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Something a bit different; kinetic art
Aug 9, 2011, 9:53 PM

We had a fascinating debate on JA on F1 last week, prompted by a post on Electric Vehicles' place in motorsport and the extent to which the FIA sho...

We had a fascinating debate on JA on F1 last week, prompted by a post on Electric Vehicles' place in motorsport and the extent to which the FIA should try to incorporate electric technology into F1 cars and its efforts to establish a state of the art international EV racing series leveraging F1's global appeal. The post had well over 200 comments with some really interesting observations.

One step on from that, I've been fascinated by this short video sent to me by a friend who lives in Los Angeles, the city of the car.

It's about a work called Metropolis II by artist Chris Burden, which is going on display at Los Angeles County Museum of Art this Autumn. It is called 'kinetic art' and basically it's a huge installation which runs 1,200 miniature cars on 18 lanes - Burden's idea is to 'evoke the energy of a city', but also to ask questions about what comes next, after the car.

It has nothing to do with F1, but I think readers will allow this brief diversion as it's very thought provoking. As a piece aiming to evoke the energy of a city it seems to work. And it did get me thinking, wouldn't it be cool if someone could produce some kinetic art to capture the energy and drama of F1?

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