Metropolis II is a 20-by-30-foot kinetic installation modeled by Chris Burden after its namesake. The labyrinthine structure is an artfully woven maze of roads housing an endless procession of more than a thousand tiny cars and trains. The remarkable thing about the 18-road system, more than its six-lane freeway, is the fact that it is strategically designed to propel the multitude of miniature cars in an endless and effortless circuit. The only motorization in the structure involves magnets pulling the cars up a conveyor belt to its high point before letting gravity take over. Producing a scale speed of 240 miles per hour in its miniatures, Metropolis II makes a compelling argument for Burden’s dream of a fully-automated automotive Arcadia.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Photography: Brandon Shigeta/HYPEBEAST