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Massive Kinetic Racetrack Makes LA Debut

LA, it's almost time. We just got word from LACMA that Chris Burden's epic racetrack sculpture will be make its press debut on Wednesday, January 11, and its public one on January 14. Called Metropolis II, it's a complex, large-scale kinetic structure that's modeled after a fast-faced modern city. Soon we'll all be able to witness 1,100 Hot Wheel-sized cars zip through and around model skyscrapers and trains. According to the LA Times, “There are 18 lines of traffic and you'll witness 100,000 cars passing through the system in an hour.”

Trial runs began last week. Zak Cook, the project's lead engineer, said this about the installation.

“As you can imagine, this is a precision machine. These cars are going approximately 240 miles per hour to scale. If you're going 240 miles per hour in a Ferrari and hit a speed bump, you would be flying.”

The kid in us can't wait to see this in person. For now, check out this video to get an idea of what we're talking about and enjoy the photos, below, that LACMA sent to us as a special, digital preview.






via [LA Times]
First photo credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times

Photo credit, Images 2-6: Museum Associates/LACMA

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