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Metropolis II - A Kinetic Sculpture That Circulates 100,000 Miniature Cars Every Hour
TOPICS | Education | Video Posted Monday, March 3, 2014 (959 views)


Chris Burden’s Metropolis II is an intense kinetic sculpture, 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. This amazing build includes Fat Brain Toy Co's very own Dado Cubes, feauted in the video around the 1:14 mark. 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.”




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