Metropolis II by Chris Burden (Joe the Lion)

Metropolis II is a kinetic sculpture by performance and installation artist Chris Burden.

Chris was the artist that inspired David Bowie’s song ‘Joe the Lion’ after he was nailed to the top of a Volkswagen beetle and parked by the side of a busy freeway for all passing drivers and passengers to see.

The theme of the freeway, or motorway as its called in the UK, features again Metropolis 11.

The miniature city in motion consists of 1,100 Hot Wheels-sized cars, 25 large buildings, 18 lanes of traffic, 13 trains and a human operator. The cars zoom at 240 miles per hour to scale, meaning upwards of 100,000 cars circulate through the urban network each hour.

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