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Old 06-21-2012, 09:43 AM   #43
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It could be polished be an Airstream owner and be a big "please forgive-me ring"????

Airstream owners have been known to do stranger things???

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The artist was living on the Museum site in (his) Airstream trailer during installation with wife and dogs.
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Is this the same rock??

BBC News - Boulder on show at Los Angeles art museum

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Wow.. I assume they have considered earthquakes.. not sure I would want to be under that rock in one.
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ditto...first thing that came to mind when I saw the newz yesterday.

"what do you want to do today hon?"

"let's go walk under the art rock."

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:24 AM   #47
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Since California has earthquakes, I wonder what will happen to that "ROCK" when it gets hit with one.

As it is, it looks like it's balanced between 2 walls.

Here come the California lawyers and environmentalists.

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Old 06-25-2012, 12:30 PM   #48
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"Levitated Mass", my a$$...Only in California can we spend millions to mount a huge 'rock' in a public place and call it 'Art'...

I like the part about the 'artist' saying he looked for years for the 'perfect' specimen...

I guess it's in reality, just another example of how many 'sheep' there are amongst us in our big cities..."OMG, lets get down to the park to see the big 'piece of art' rock!"...

I guess I've just seen to many large boulders in my days, and they seem to look just fine out in their natural environment...
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Well it is easy to see why it had to be moved. It just looked so out of place in its natural environment.
See, I told you. It looks much better on top of two concrete walls than it ever did where it was before! Mother Nature is so out of touch with our needs.
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I think public art is a great thing and certainly art is in the eyes of the beholder. Sometimes people make mistakes. This is one of them in this beholder's eyes. There was probably a competition and the other submissions must have been even worse.

Maybe if I saw it in person, it would resonate. I have no intention of finding out.

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I think public art is a great thing and certainly art is in the eyes of the beholder. Sometimes people make mistakes. This is one of them in this beholder's eyes. There was probably a competition and the other submissions must have been even worse.

Maybe if I saw it in person, it would resonate. I have no intention of finding out.

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Wow.. I assume they have considered earthquakes.. not sure I would want to be under that rock in one.
Saw a news story on it and it said the rock has been brought up to earthquake specs which, of course, does not mean earthquake-proof.
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Yeah, but it is the largest rock in captivity!
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Saw a news story on it and it said the rock has been brought up to earthquake specs which, of course, does not mean earthquake-proof.
I rolled though the Loma Prieta in 1989 and it was pretty crazy. It was a wave motion and it went on for a long time. This was the epicenter. I dont want to be under that rock.. but it is a cool thing to see how it was transported and the amount of people that came together to get it done.. just seems like a goofy place for it after all that work
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This is the best article I've seen on it - the artist conceived of this way back in 1969 (didn't say, but he may have gotten the idea while living in the Haight-Ashbury district...). Includes a video of what it's like to walk underneath it. Thankfully, now I don't have to go 'experience' it...

'Levitated Mass': LACMA art is in the eye of the boulder - LA Daily News

BTW, they also took a poll on the rock.
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I'm sorry, but I've walked under as big or bigger rocks right here in the blue ridge that were both more beautiful and in nicer settings, and with a lot less sweaty tourists as well...
I enjoy a lot of modern art, but this is not art as much as it's engineering (and no great feat of it either).
The snobbery (is that a word?) can be summed up in this quote from the link above: "To me, it's better than the ancient sculptures because it's not about the power of the gods," said Michael Govan, the CEO of LACMA.

Really Michael??? So the use of large trucks and cranes is MORE impressive than hand carving and moving of gigantic monoliths to be made into sculptures that may have been built for gods but were often also useful as calenders or navigation, and that THEN have stood the test of time? Is that what he's seriously trying to claim? That this beats out, um, lets see, the Sphinx? Wow, this is the kind of statement that turns people off of modern art...

The only thing this rock says is; "we spent a bunch of gas money to move it".
Just my two cents;-)
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