Five Interesting Facts About Metropolis Ii

See this kinetic sculpture in action Friday through Sunday:
  1. 1.
    "Metropolis II" was created by Chris Burden, the same artist behind LACMA’s iconic installation, "Urban Light."
  2. 2.
    The armature of the piece is constructed of steel beams, forming an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of eighteen roadways, including a six-lane freeway, train tracks, and hundreds of buildings.
  3. 3.
    The miniature city took Burden’s studio four years to create, and even includes the artist's interpretation of the Eiffel Tower.
  4. 4.
    Magnets located beneath the track connect to magnets inside of each car, pulling the vehicles to the top of the 12 foot ramp, at which point gravity takes over and the cars begin their descent, reaching speeds of up to 240-scale-miles per hour.
  5. 5.
    The 1,100 cars that pass through it were custom built to the artist’s specifications—every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings.