Monday, March 12, 2012

Andrei In a display of utter pointlessness

A huge boulder has ended its 105 mile journey from rural California to its new home in Los Angeles.
It took 11 cold and grueling nights on the road navigating tight corners, "crabbing" across bridges and narrowly avoiding collisions with towering utility poles, but LACMA's monolith arrived at exactly 4:25 a.m., illuminated by string lights and resting in a steel sling on its custom transporter.


The boulder might have arrived at LACMA several hours early if it weren't for continual holdups caused by illegally parked cars along Wilshire that needed to be towed away. Remarkably, considering the logistical challenges involved in moving a nearly two-story-high chunk of granite through densely populated urban areas, there were no major mishaps.

It will take at least a month to dismantle the centipede-like transporter with 176 wheels and erect massive gantries needed to install the rock on rails spanning a 456-foot-long concrete slot near the museum's Resnick Pavilion. There, it will form the center of artist Michael Heizer's sculpture "Levitated Mass." When it is completed, visitors will walk through the slot with the boulder suspended 15 feet overhead.
Call me a cultural philistine if you will but in a time of economic crisis and in a State that is bankrupt installing a huge rock for people to walk under in a city that is also bankrupt seems like a display of empty decadence by people who are completely out of touch with reality.

1 comment(s):

scrubone said...

I think decadence is one word that really needs an urgent revival.

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