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Metropolis II

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Jan 14, 2012—ongoing

Metropolis II (2010) is a large kinetic sculpture consisting of hundreds of building-block buildings, elevated highways, train tracks and conveyor belts. 1,100 custom-made toy cars and a dozen electric trains pass through an elaborate system of roadways at high speed, simulating the noise, traffic flow and congestion of a real city.

Referring to Los Angeles, Metropolis II is artist Chris Burden’s vision for city traffic of the future: cars without drivers moving at average speed of 240 mph.

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