Not only is this sculpture in Los Angeles far from the average toy car set, it also may provide a peek into the future of automotive transportation.
Artist Chris Burden created the piece, titled Metropolis II. In it, over 1,100 toy cars circulate across 18 different roadways, one of which is six lanes wide. The toys move around the buildings at a rate of 240 scale miles per hour, meaning they would be moving at 240 mph were the whole installation life-size. According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the equivalent of 100,000 cars circulate every hour. The piece opened in 2011.
“That’s about the speed they should be running,” Burden said of how fast the cars move. He talked about his piece in a short documentary by filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, directors of the controversial "Catfish." “Not 23. 4 miles per hour, which is what my BMW says I average driving around L.A.”
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