Friday, January 20, 2012

Metropolis II Opens This Weekend at LACMA

Metropolis II at LACMA

I've posted about Chris Burden's magnificent kinetic sculpture called Metropolis II HERE. For those of you that live in SoCal, the good news is that it's opening at LACMA this weekend. More info and schedule HERE.

Here are a few stats on the piece:
o The cars are attached by a small magnet to the conveyor belt that brings them to the crest.
o The only motorization of the cars is the conveyor belt to the top.
o Once the cars cross over the crest and head downward, their entire movement is by gravity.
o They travel at a scale speed of 240 mph, plus or minus.
o The tracks they take are Teflon coated to reduce friction.
o The tracks are beveled at 7 degrees to give added torque for speed when
they come through corners and curves.
o The trains are out of the box electric train sets that run on electricity.

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