See a Thousand Miniature Cars Zooming through Metropolis II at LACMA
Be sure to visit LACMA’s Broad Contemporary Art Museum to see more than a thousand miniature cars zooming through Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II.
Modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city, steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one six lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. 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.
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.”
See Metropolis II in action (no reservation required):
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30–2:30 p.m.; 3:30–4:30 p.m.
11:30–12:30 p.m.; 1:30–2:30 p.m.; 3:30–4:30 p.m.; 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 12:30–1:30 p.m.; 2:30–3:30 p.m.; 4:30–5:30 p.m.
LACMA is closed on Wednesdays.