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The artwork called "Levitated Mass" won't be levitated until it reaches the LA County Museum of Art, but it's attracting a lot of attention on its 105-mile trip from a quarry near Riverside. It's a granite boulder so big it requires a transporter the size of a football field, and it's traveling at night through four counties and 22 cities at a speed of about five miles an hour. Is it really art, a waste of money or a desecration of nature? We hear how it will be displayed at the end of its journey, where it is now and how people have been reacting as it appears in their neighborhoods. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, a preview of ten primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday.
Banner image: Standing at the Stone Valley Quarry near Riverside, LACMA Director Michael Govan is dwarfed by the rock that will become "Levitated Mass."
Here Comes the Rock ()
A 340-ton, 21' 6" high granite boulder the size of a two-story house left the Stone Valley quarry near Riverside last Tuesday on its way to the LA County Museum of Art. At LACMA, it will be suspended over a 456-foot-long trench and, for spectators down below, the "Levitated Mass," as it's called, will appear to be floating. Privately funded, it's still been attacked as an outrageous waste of money as well as a desecration of nature. Tonight it's in La Mirada, and later on it'll head to Lakewood, with arrival at LACMA scheduled for Saturday. What's the impression of people along the way?
- Canan Tasci: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, @chinovalleynow
- William Poundstone: blogger and author, @WPoundstone
- Char Miller: Pomona College
- Zev Yaroslavsky: LA County Board of Supervisors, @ZevYaroslavsky
Will Super Tuesday Settle the Question? ()
Mitt Romney won the presidential caucuses Saturday in Washington State, but no delegates were picked for this summer's convention. Tomorrow, more delegates will be chosen than in all the previous primaries and caucuses combined.
- Chris Cillizza: Washington Post, @thefix
- Paul Beck: Ohio State University
- Ed Rogers: BGR Group
- Stanley Greenberg: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, @StanGreenberg
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