Barren Landscape Around LACMA Rock

While people debate the merits of LACMA’s giant “Levitated Mass” rock (Is it art? It sits on metal shelves — it’s not levitating at all! $10 million for this?), I will throw one more question into the equation — why are the surroundings so barren?

I know they are going for a desert look, which probably fits in well with the 340-ton boulder. But did it have to be this stark?

If you want it to look like the desert, then put in some cactus or whatever grows in a desert. It just looks really unappealing the way it is now.

Installing a lush green lawn is probably not feasible because thousands of people will be trampling all over it every day. But still, I think they’ve got to do better than this.