The oversized googly eyes offer up the chance to photograph and imagine the large rock as ones very own pet rock. Humans find (sometimes amusing) coping mechanisms to grasp the scale of ourselves relative to the vastness of nature and mankind’s blip in its timeline.
After viewing Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass at LACMA, Hubby brought hand-held googly eyes and took photos of the rock with them in front of it; the exercise served to make the rock much less intimidating in her mind. When she saw Giant Rock, which is 10 times the size of Heizer's, it called for a bigger set of eyes to produce the same result. The history of Giant Rock escalates the humor in animating it with googly eyes, since it still serves as a site for UFO enthusiasts to gather, and was leased for decades by the eccentric George Van Tassel.
Googly Eyes for Giant Rock will be on view all day Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and 13th, as well as Sunday evening for a Glow-in-the-Dark Cocktail Party!
Glow-in-the-Dark Cocktail Party With Googly Eyes for Giant Rock
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 6 pm (at the time of the setting sun and into the night)
Giant Rock, Landers
Directions: From downtown Joshua Tree, take Sunburst heading north, until the pavement ends at Golden. Turn RIGHT at Golden, and continue to the hard LEFT at Border. Follow Border until it turns LEFT on Reche. Drive another 2 miles and turn RIGHT on Belfield. You’ll see the Integratron on your right–turn RIGHT here, and follow the dirt road toward the left for about 2 miles.