by the Left Coast Rebel
This has to be one of the coolest, most random things I have ever seen, it's called the Metropolis II:
Details are a little thin on the Metropolis II "kinetic sculpture" or model, car/traffic city scene as I would call it. At Youtube it is described as:
A look at Chris Burden's kinetic sculpture in progress, filmed in 2009 at the artist's studio in Topanga, CA. (Video courtesy of CB Studio)American Digest has this on Metropolis II:
It includes 1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs. The crew is still at work on the installation. In "Metropolis II," by his calculation, "every hour 100,000 cars circulate through the city," Mr. Burden said. "It has an audio quality to it. When you have 1,200 cars circulating it mimics a real freeway. It's quite intense."Big hat-tip to Mind Numbed Robot.
Updated: This makes sense. Metropolis II is a depiction of Los Angeles (without the smog, illegal aliens, drive-by shootings, sprawling cities in massive decline as far as the eye can see and Baghdad-esque driving conditions) and is heading to the Los Angeles Museum of Art (no date is given).