The Rock

Well this has got to be one of the strangest things I've read about in the paper in a long time. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has made arrangements to ship a 340 ton rock from a quarry outside of Riverside to downtown LA. An artist, who I can only say is insane beyond reason, paid the quarry $120,000 for the rock itself when it was blasted from the Earth in one large chunk. By itself that may not seem like much, but the artist who bought the rock works for the museum and is working on an elaborate display that requires the rock to remain intact.

What's this mean? It means that the 30 foot high, 21 foot wide rock needs to be loaded on to a specially designed transport trailer that will be nearly 200 feet long and have 208 heavy duty wheels. This special transport trailer will be hauled through Southern California on a long circuitous route that will take it through several cities. One of those cities being Chino, and the rock will be passing right behind my house some time in the next week or so. The route had to be specially designed because the rig is too slow for the freeway and wouldn't fit under any of our bridges. It gets to make the trip over the course of 10 days at a blistering speed of 9 MPH.

Given they plan to run this down Ramona Ave, I question whether it will even fit. That road is only 2 lanes in many places and is quite narrow, especially right here at the corner by the school. It has to come down from Mission Blvd and travel all the way to Edison Ave on the south end of town.

The project was supposed to start rolling back in June, then after Labor Day, then again at the end of October. Here we are now at Christmas and the thing hasn't left just yet, at least as far as I can find. Chances are it won't be in LA before 2012. Total cost on this bizarre project runs into the millions of dollars, most of which is being provided via private donations.
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Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Dec 22, 2011 3:52 am by Samson in: | 11 comment(s) [Closed]
You should totally try to get a picture of it when (if) it goes by your house. That'd be something to put on the wall. o.o

Presumably the picture, that is. I imagine a rock that large would kill your wall. ;)

OMG OMG OMG, Hi Conner, nice to see you are not dead. Oh and thats one large rock you got there Samson, LOL i hope the arts make you feel proud and all that, considering its a $100k worthy of what looks like from here Sandstone or maybe a Mudstone, its a bit hard to tell.

Edited by The_Fury on Dec 26, 2011 7:21 pm
It's actually a solid piece of granite. And I don't care what some artist does with his money or what a bunch of silly donors do with theirs. Provided the truck carrying this thing doesn't fall over on a road I need to use.

Sorry Fury, I really am trying to not continue to be out of touch, but school's driving me a bit batty.. :crazy: but, why would I have been thought dead? :huh: :cry:

Samson, you will let us have an update when this monstrosity finally passes, won't you?

Not literally dead, I'm sure it's just the usual internet figure of speech. You have been gone awhile though :)

Yeah, as soon as they get this behemoth moving I'll update things. I imagine it'll be hard to miss since it has to go past where I live, but just on the off chance I'm not actually here when it passes, they've got a page for updates on that now:

That's good, I'd really hate to think that no one would tell me if I'd been declared dead.. ;)

Oh, come on, you surely don't think we really care about the progress of the rock itself. We're just interested in the impact upon you that's caused by the movement of the rock. :whistle:

So the paper today says they're moving this thing through Chino tonight, and sure enough, the traffic pole out on Riverside and Ramona was being disassembled as of an hour ago. The rock is scheduled to begin the second leg of its journey as of 11pm, making its way through the city and up the hill into Diamond Bar before stopping for the day around 5am.

Heh, cool. Was able to see it pass by the school as it lumbered by. That's one big ass rock. Unfortunately it was too dark to try and get a good camera shot of it over the fence.

Edited by Samson on Mar 2, 2012 3:11 am
It sucks that you weren't able to get a picture of it - I wanted to see the giant rock in-transit! :p

Wouldn't have been terribly exciting. I drove over to where they parked for the day and they have thing covered in a big white plastic tarp, so what I saw wasn't the actual rock, just the covering. The climb over Diamond Bar Hill will be interesting I'm sure. 340 tons of granite going up those inclines is going to be a challenge.

Even uncovered, it's a big rock, but it's just a rock, it's not like the picture would've been terribly exciting regardless, still, seeing a picture of it passing your house might've given an interesting perspective point, even in the dark. Actually, what might've been more interesting would be a picture of the trucks they're using to haul those 340-tons of granite up those inclines. Either way, sounds like, aside from a brief bit of parade style excitement for the night, it passed you by uneventfully. Glad that it caused you no real trouble in its passing.

Edited by Conner on Mar 4, 2012 3:33 pm
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