Check out artist Chris Burden’s new installment at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art a most terrific Hot Wheels track that any kid (or grownup, for that matter) would love to have a shot at playing with.
Based on the 1927 cult classic sci-fi film “Metropolis,” Burden spent four years making his “Metropolis II,” featuring 1,100 toy cars speeding between skyscrapers at a whopping 230 mph.
Steel beams, 18 roads, train tracks and a six-lane freeway dominate the landscape of the sculpture. The cars are not remote controlled, rather, they are pulled by magnets up conveyor belts and then roll down the other side.
Sculptor Chris Burden shared in an ABC interview: ‘They can crash, they can fly off the track, they can bump into each other.” He adds, ‘The noise, the continuous flow of the trains and the speeding toy cars, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st-century city.’
While his “Metropolis II” is not an exact replica of the original film, it heavily borrows the style and look of “Metropolis,” with Burden noting, “It wasn’t about trying to make this scale model of something. It was more to evoke the energy of a city.”
In a word? Awesome.