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Chris Burden's new work: art imitating the future
Chris Burden's new sculpture foresees a futuristic LA with plenty of traffic and no gridlock
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Chris Burden isn't satisfied with art just imitating life.

The artist's latest kinetic sculpture, "Metropolis II," imitates life as the pioneer of the Light and Space movement envisions it will be five or 10 years from now.

The sculpture is composed of 1,100 miniature automobiles that race along 18 tiny roads, past dozens of high-rises and other buildings.

Burden says it is modeled on a future when driverless cars will traverse the freeways of U.S. cities at speeds of 240 miles per hour.

The work, nearly 10 feet tall and almost 30 feet wide, goes on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this weekend.

It will be there for 10 years but the cars will only run on weekends.

Other times the sculpture will remain stationary.

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