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Featured Eyesore of the Month

March 2012

James Howard Kunstler : March 6, 2012 12:54 am : Eyesore of the Month

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.

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The art object in its natural state.

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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.

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March 2012

James Howard Kunstler : March 6, 2012 12:54 am : Eyesore of the Month

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

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February 2012

James Howard Kunstler : February 6, 2012 1:01 am : Eyesore of the Month

Techno-grandiosity rears its sleek, mystifying surfaces in the proposal for Cornell University’s new Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City designed by the corporate androids at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP.

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January 2012

James Howard Kunstler : January 6, 2012 1:03 am : Eyesore of the Month

Get a load of where our heads are at in the USA as 2012 arrives on the scene. Family Fun Walk on a nine-laner, anyone?

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December 2011

James Howard Kunstler : December 6, 2011 10:50 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the M2 building, Tokyo, architect Kengo Kuma, dating from wa-a-a-y back in 1991, a Post-Modernist (PoMo) classic (no pun intended).

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November 2011

James Howard Kunstler : November 6, 2011 10:55 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Take a honkin’ good look at this crosswalk in Reading, Pennsylvania (North 5th Street Highway and South Temple Boulevard).

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October 2011

James Howard Kunstler : October 6, 2011 10:58 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the ATT Arts Center (including the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater) Dallas, Texas, designed by New York City based REX architects.

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September 2011

James Howard Kunstler : September 6, 2011 11:02 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the proposed National Music Center in Calgary, Alberta Province, yet another Canadian museum tumor overtaking the organs of a city, designed by Allied Works.

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August 2011

James Howard Kunstler : August 6, 2011 11:04 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Maybe more like what-the-fuck? of the month. How crazy are we here in America? Perhaps the “Landscape Urbanists” of the Harvard GSD are behind this exercise in environmental heroism.

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July 2011

James Howard Kunstler : July 6, 2011 11:07 pm : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting the Lamar Building, Augusta, Georgia. The original Beaux Arts structure dates from 1913. 

 

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June 2011

James Howard Kunstler : June 1, 2011 10:19 am : Eyesore of the Month

Presenting “The Shard,” London’s new world-class skyscraper – “a city in the sky!” – by the ever cutting-edge maestro Renzo Piano.

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