I'll be honest i hate art. I am the furthest thing from an artist and in our day and age it has become so vague that any person with a crazy idea can make "art". Enter Michael Heizer!
For those that have not heard, this "artist's" latest project was the "Levitating Mass" where he mounted a 340 ton boulder on walls to make it look like it is floating. The idea sounds great and could be a sight that attracts a lot of tourists but it was the process of building this "Levitating Mass" that has attracted more attention. Instead of finding a boulder close by to the museum, the "artist" was adamant on this specific boulder. Here is a brief explanation of how the boulder was moved:
"The boulder was originally scheduled for transport in August 2011. Due to the difficulty in securing permits for the journey, the trip was repeatedly delayed, with the boulder finally leaving the quarry at the end of February 2012. The rock was loaded onto a 295-foot long, 196-wheeled transporter custom-built by Emmert International. Because of the transporter's size and needs, the boulder could only be moved at night at a maximum speed of about seven miles per hour. Though the quarry is located fewer than 60 miles from the LACMA campus, a circuitous 107-mile route traversing 22 cities in 4 counties was taken in order to avoid busier roads or overpasses that could not support the combined weight of the boulder and transporter. A few trees were cut down, cars towed and traffic lights temporarily removed in order to facilitate the transporter's movement."
That is a lot of trouble to go through just to move a boulder. That's not even the worst part. What has shocked a lot of people was the cost of this project. It was funded entirely by private donations to a total of $10 million!! It's stupid wasteful acts like this that makes America the laughing stock of the world. When there are people starving, have no shelter, no jobs and are facing hard times (In America), how is spending $10 million on this a good idea?