05/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rob Carter's Metropolis (VIDEO): Pop-Up Graphics Offer Startling View Of Urban Expansion

Rob Carter's stop-motion paper animation film, Metropolis, moves like a pop-up book on speed. The nine-minute film chronicles the urban expansion of Charlotte, North Carolina, with graphics that burst forward, putting the city's evolution into perspective.

From Carter's website:

Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, primarily due to the continuing influx of the banking community, resulting in an unusually fast architectural and population expansion that shows no sign of faltering despite the current economic climate. ... Ultimately the video continues the city development into an imagined hubristic future, of more and more skyscrapers and sports arenas and into a bleak environmental future. It is an extreme representation of the already serious water shortages that face many expanding American cities today; but this is less a warning, as much as a statement of our paper thin significance no matter how many monuments of steel, glass and concrete we build.

WATCH the final three minutes of the film (with sound):

To watch Metropolis in its entirety, go here.