2015 gave us the wonderful kinetic LEGO sculpture of the tragic Greek mythological character Sisyphus perpetually pushing a boulder.
Building on his original idea, Allemann swapped out Sisyphus for his modern-day counterpart -- a suburban man in shorts and knee socks -- and replaced the fate of eternally pushing a boulder with mowing an ever-growing lawn.
A new film about artist Chris Burden comes out this year, which is the perfect reason to revisit one of his coolest later works: Metropolis II, filmed here by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.
The sculpture took four years to build. Quoth the filmmakers:
We had the honor of spending three days in Chris Burden's studio filming this sculpture before it was moved to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it is being reinstalled.
The documentary, titled Burden, is being released in 2017:
Bruce Shapiro makes mesmerizing and impermanent sculptures with commercial motion-control gear, as used in robotics to less artistic ends. He's been doing it for 25 years, he writes, creating kinetic sculptures that embody his love of technology.
Above is a time-lapse video of Sisyphus, which slowly draws intricate patterns in sand. More videos are at his Vimeo page, demonstrating the zenlike movements of the device in much-accellerated fashion.
The name evokes the classical fable of a man doomed to perform the same task over and over again for eternity. Shapiro told Metro's Oliver Wheaton that he's working on a consumer-size version.