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Oh, typical. LACMA has to wait forever to get its train (the Jeff Koons piece), but it'll have 1,200 more cars in just a few months. Chris Burden, the artist who brought "Urban Lights" to Wilshire Boulevard, is finishing up "Metropolis II," a sculpture with "1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs." (Ok, so there are trains. But the much smaller "Metropolis I," which lives in Japan, has a monorail!) LACMA Director Michael Govan tells the New York Times "It's a portrait of L.A." The piece should be finished in about two months and take a couple more months to install, but there's no word yet on where it'll go. Check out the video of "Metropolis II" in action; it's one of the louder sculptures out there.