The artist, who, like my father, was always early, in this case to depart this material plane, must have enjoyed his childhood -- or clearly wasn't done with it, as his Metropolis II Erector Set + Hot Wheels (all trademarked names, of course) work also in the LACMA collection, seems to be an "if you could build anything you would like, what would it be ..." moment.What adult wouldn't enjoy fulfilling a childhood fantasy given all the resources necessary. What child wouldn't love to have grown-up toys? Isn't this what the high-tech design movement was about, with such now defunct stores in LA as Industrial Revolution on Melrose.
The beautiful movement of Santos around the Resnick Pavilion reminds me of the soft, relaxed pace of Hayao Miyazaki's last film The Wind Rises. In the illustrated feature the protagonist Jiro Horikoshi conjures up Italian aeroplane designer Giovanni Caproni as he searches for that elegant solution to a technical challenge that intended nonetheless deadly consequences.
I almost wanted to hear music in the pavilion today. It was as much an ode as it was elegiac.