The gargantuan granite rock described in my previous article as destined to become "Levitated Mass" -- an earthwork art exhibit by Michael Heizer -- may serve a dual purpose.
Whether or not this boulder ultimately is accepted as art by everyone, the mere fact of its being displayed in a levitated manner may arouse interest in the levitation concept as a viable architectural safety feature for homes subject to earthquakes.
Regarding the boulder as art, comments on my previous post were less than sanguine that this gigantic stone should be considered such, and from one reader, other than "just a rock." This was also another instance warranting a comment suggesting what constitutes art lies in the eye of the beholder.
Perhaps this boulder exhibit's value may also, or instead, lie in stimulating interest in the levitation concept.
The levitation idea has led me to explore related information with potential significance for earthquake resistant housing. The Japanese are building housing using a levitating system intended to protect homes from earthquakes as described in this Inhabitat link.
Note the Los Angeles County Museum of Art expects to unveil "Levitated Mass" later this year.
Consider this report from KPCC Public Radio:
"The estimated cost for the project is 10 million dollars. The boulder itself was sold to LACMA for around $70,000 and it [crept] through Southern California at night on a football field-sized transport valued around 5 million dollars."
Private funds and no taxpayer dollars are reported to have been expended on this project. Future generations perspective may best assess how worthwhile this endeavor has been.