This past January, my son and I were back in Los Angeles for a father / son weekend to celebrate his 16th birthday. We took time to explore places he remembered from growing up in L.A. - and check out a few new things as well. One of those new places was LACMA - the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The good news: it was a free day. The bad news: it was a free day.
The Saturday we visited, LACMA was offering the ever popular free admission day. Meaning we saved $25 ($15 for adults, $10 for students). Of course, we weren't the only ones with this idea. So yes, it was crowded. But LACMA did a great job dealing with the crowds.
We were both excited about seeing the amazing Metropolis II, pictured above.
Metropolis II, the work of artist Chris Burden (1946-2015). It is a large, kinetic interactive sculpture representing a large, active city. Hence the name (Metropolis).
The sculpture opened in 2013 to rave reviews. We, of course, had heard about it - and were excited to see it for ourselves.
Check LACMA's website for scheduling, but right now Metropolis II is opened for select one hour slots Fridays, Saturday, Sundays - and few select holiday Mondays.
The display is very popular, especially on the "free day" when we went. There are viewing areas both next to it and above, so it's easy to watch and enjoy.
The highlight of the sculpture are 10,000 miniature Hot Wheels cars racing (and I mean racing) around the city.
We probably spend a half an hour just watching it. Really fun. Certainly worth a visit. Here's a link to a short video. And a link to LACMA's website.
Obligatory photo of the neon display outside of Metropolis II.
And a final view from LACMA of the Los Angeles Fairfax District, with the Hollywood Hills in the background. Despite the cost and challenges of living in Los Angeles, it's not hard to see why so many people choose to live here.
More next time.
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