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March 2012

Techno-grandiosity meets exercise in futility: an art installation, so-called, by Michael Heizer titled Levitated Mass.

Kunstler's eyesore of the month March 2012

Techno-grandiosity meets exercise in futility: an art installation, so-called, by Michael Heizer titled Levitated Mass. This stunt involves moving a 340 ton boulder from the edge of the desert at Riverside, California, to a display site at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by means of a gigantic steel conveyor vehicle.

kunstler's eyesore of the Month March 2012

The art object in its natural state.

kunstler's eyesore of the month March 2012

Preparing for the journey….

kunstler's eyesore of the month March 2012

Rollin’, rollin’ rollin’…

kunstler's eyesore of the month March 2012

The Route of Levitated Mass

To read more about this stupid fucking waste of effort and money 
visit the official website for this stunt, and also the website of its patron, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Shout out of thanks to Christopher Tallman for nominating this humdinger.

About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. b8bpattson June 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    This art installation reminds me one I read about, where a Texas oil drilling magnate sponsored drilling a hole into the earth one mile deep, (using his equipment) with a corresponding alloy rod one mile in length suspended inside it. You could see the tip of the rod in the cap of the hole. Just sooo meaningful, don’t you think?

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