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The Ultimate Hot Wheels?

Postby meteorite » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:46 pm

Here's what the gallery has to say about it:

Metropolis II
BCAM, Level 1, West
January 14, 2012–Ongoing

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Metropolis II is an intense and a complex 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 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, 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, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city."

"But wait, there's more..." - Yes, I cribbed much info from a very thorough Autoweek writeup...

This Hot Wheels aficionado's wet dream is a thundering 23 ft. long, 8 ft. wide and a full 10 ft. high. The "roadways" are actually small conveyor belts, with magnet spaced at regular intervals, while the cars (which are not "Hot Wheels" models) also have magnets on their underside which allow them to be pulled along.

The Autoweek article can be found at their website,, and is very long and thorough. Practically wants you want to book at trip to LA, even if we weren't "enjoying" January in Canada.
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