We’ve recommended the Petersen Automotive Museum on more than one occasion (here, here, here, and here), and should you make it there for a visit, it’s worth the short trip just across the street to LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for this automotive installation…

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“Chris Burden’s Metropolis II is an intense kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city.

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Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one six lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks.

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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.

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According to Burden, ‘The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars produce in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st century city.'”

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See Metropolis II in action (no reservation required): Fridays 11:30–12:30 pm; 1:30–2:30 pm; 3:30–4:30 pm; 5:30–6:30 pm Saturdays & Sundays 10:30 am–11:30 am; 12:30–1:30 pm; 2:30–3:30 pm; 4:30–5:30 pm

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