Civic expenditures on the arts are as non disputandum as taste in the arts, I suppose. While the narrow and provincial City of Los Angeles is killing festivals and art walks over chump change, the County is all in on an arts project that is also masquerading as a veritable stimulus package.
Ferrying a 341-ton solid granite boulder from Riverside to the LACMA campus will begin October 17, according to the New York Times. The "piece" is known as "Levitated Mass" by California sculptor Michael Heizer. It comes from a Riverside quarry.
“I get these letters and telephone calls: ‘I can’t believe you. The economy is so bad, and you’re moving a rock?’ ” he [LACMA director Michael Govan] said. “People have this image that we are buying it and spending money on a rock. But we are putting more people to work here in L.A. than Obama. I mean, all the money is going to have an economic impact in California.”I have a feeling more people would be impacted by the loss of Dowtown Art Walk--and for $10,000,000, for instance, the City could stage Sunset Junction Street Fair for forty years.