Can you imagine seeing this in person? It's Chris Burden's crazy kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, filmed in 2009 at the artist's studio in Topanga, California.
In 2006, he and a team of eight studio assistants, including an engineer, began Metropolis II which includes 1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs. It is still a work in progress.
By Burden's calculation, “every hour 100,000 cars circulate through the city. It has an audio quality to it. When you have 1,200 cars circulating it mimics a real freeway. It’s quite intense.”
The sculpture will be finished in about two months and take two to three months to install. It will be showing at the LACMA in the near-future. This will be the second time Burden created something for the LA museum, he's also the one behind the 200 lampposts standing in the front of that building.
Burden got his B.A. in visual arts, physics and architecture at Pomona College and received his MFA at the University of California, Irvine.