The Arts and Excess. . .

Kinda fun and kinda cool. . . and maybe thought provoking. Towards the end of this article they get around to economic impact and the museum director meditates a bit on the question of whether this is excessive in the current California economy.

He makes the argument that he is involved in job creation, but I wonder if there is a larger negative impact upon public perception, i.e., this is wasteful and frivolous.

34 Ton Artwork


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I'm the instructor for FA 200, Introduction to the Arts at the University of Alabama
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5 Responses to The Arts and Excess. . .

  1. Yes, the project is costing $10 million which will create a fair amount of jobs for the near future, but I agree with your second comment on that some people will see this act as frivolous. Yes, it will be a beautiful piece of art, but some might not see the value in moving such a large mass into the middle of Los Angeles. However, as far as the art is concerned, I feel this artwork is beautiful because of the effort put into it. If this rock were to be left in the quarry, it would just be another rock, but since it is being moved into the middle of a heavily populated city, it becomes a call to all who see it to go back to simpler times, in my opinion. It beckons all those who gaze upon it to stop their urban life and contemplate why a huge boulder is in the middle of the city. This, in turn, forces them to think of a more natural environment which transports them to a simpler time.

  2. I’m sorry, but this seems frivolous to me. I am not an art hater by any means, but this is just a “BIG ROCK” that some guys was able to raise the financial support to blow out of the side of a mountain. There is no intricate engraving, no beautiful colors, nothing…it’s just a boulder. I can pick up palm sized rocks in my back yard that instill me with as much joy and intrigue as this. I guess I just don’t understand the financial expense.

  3. srlewis3 says:

    At the end of the article, Govan argues that moving the boulder would open up jobs for people, which is good, but the argument would have been more effective argument if the job could be done in less about a month. The job has to be done by November and it is October! It will only take nine slow, tedious, dangerous nights to move to the mueseum and a couple of days to prepare it for the museum and unpack it for the museum. I think that moving the boulder will cost much more than it will make. On the artistic side of things, what make this rock and more or less beautiful than the next pebble on the ground? It’s weight? If so, that is odd because people actually get called beautiful less for being bigger than the norm.

  4. Nure Kassas says:

    California has one of the highest number of homeless people in the US, and I think that while we shouldn’t neglect the arts, the 10 million dollars would be better spend on helping these homeless people and feeding the hungry. While Govan does argue that they are putting people to work, how much are the workers going to paid, and will it really help stimulate the economy (especially considering children makeup part of the homeless and hungry population of California)? Simply stating that he will be putting more people to work in L.A than Obama is not a cogent enough argument as to why this project should go forward. He needs to provide facts and figures proving that this project will actually be of help to California’s economy.

  5. fa200fall2011sec2karliboulware says:

    It seems as though the project is going to cause more trouble than it is worth. They are going to try and move this boulder at six miles an hour? I agree in that the only thing making this an accomplishment is the thought that went into it. By trying to move this rock, they are going to have to shut down roads and highways as well as take down traffic lights and street lights. It just seems as though the only feat accomplished is getting the permits from the State of California to perform this effort, but in turn, they are inconveniencing citizens trying to go about their normal day.

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