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"Rock star" staged in LA Museum

06-30-2012 13:48 BJT

Los Angeles has earned a reputation as one of the most creative cities on the planet—with more artists living in Los Angeles than other city in history, say Los Angeles Art Experts.  So isn’t it fitting that this city – 3 months ago – tried to move the largest stone since early human civilization?  A stone this week unveiled at the Los Angeles Art Museum as a modern-day marvel.

Move a big ole boulder to a museum suspend it in the air and call the whole spectacle – ART.

A figment of one artist’s imagination captured America’s collective attention last Spring and acquired an international cult following.

It was a royal procession, transporting this 2 ½ story tall, 3-lane wide, 340-ton megalith from a southern California rock quarry to the L.A. County Museum.

A trip spanning 11 days, 22 cities and 105 miles at a furious 5-mile-an-hour pace. And it came with a hefty price tag, too

This “rock star” stopped occasionally on route to appease the masses … who could look, but never touch.  They stood in awe, nonetheless.

Yes, it was a welcome befitting a king if we had those sorts of things in America, culminating 3 months later in this grand opening.

Reporter: "Hate to be the bearer of bad news for those of you who thought you’d see a bit of magic at today’s grand unveiling.  The rock is not really levitating, rather it’s resting high above this 456-foot long concrete walkway and I’m descending 15-feet down it.  And once directly below it, giving the illusion of levitation. Hmm, illusion – perhaps it is magic, after all."

People like the Small family.

Visitor Rachel Small said, "Well we’d heard about it traveling hundreds of miles.  I can barely cross town without traffic and I just thought it was something they should see.”

Hundreds saw it this inaugural day – though it’s not so certain they fully understood it.

Reporter: "Did the artist succeed in his mission of making you feel like the art is levitating above you as you’re walking down?

Visitor Rachel Small said, "No!"

Ms. Les said, "Unless you do this (gestures with her hands) and then block out the side and (laughs) No!  But it’s certainly interesting.  It’s a conversation piece."

Indeed the masses will be conversing about and gawking at the levitating mass for years, perhaps even decades to come.

 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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