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340-Ton LACMA Rock Inspires Big Proposal

The massive boulder provided the perfect backdrop for Ramone Vasquez to pop the question



    Big Rock Leads to Big Proposal

    The big move continues for the "Big Rock" that is headed for LACMA. On Thursday the rock spent the day in Ontario, and, as Jacob Rascon reports, love was in the air. (Published Friday, March 2, 2012)

    The massive boulder slowly making its way to LACMA has attracted hundreds of gawkers, but the rock reached a new milestone Thursday as it waited patiently in Ontario, where love was in the air.

    LACMA Rock: Route Map, Exhibit Information

    Ramone Vasquez struggled to find the words to make the 340-ton rock a symbol of the love he shares with long-time girlfriend Maria.

    "I just wanted to bring you here to see the rock,” he told her. "And can you imagine that rock on your finger?"

    Rock Begins Its Roll to LACMA

    [LA] Rock Begins Its Roll to LACMA
    A huge boulder, attached to a giant moving contraption, began the long trip from Riverside to LACMA Tuesday night. It will be featured in an exhibition called Levitated Mass. Aerial video shows the rock and the enormous vehicle used to transport it Tuesday night.
    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012)

    Name that Rock. The mighty boulder deserves a name. Go to our Facebook page to add your suggestion.

    After 30 seconds of small talk and a little fidgeting, Ramone popped the question.

    "I just wanted to ask you if you would marry me?" he said. "Maybe that rock won’t fit on your finger, but maybe this one will."

    A Real "Rock" Star Rolls Toward LACMA

    [LA] A Real "Rock" Star Rolls Toward LACMA
    LACMA's newest exhibit is on the move, and fans are following the 340-ton boulder during its 11-day, 7-mph trek from Riverside to the museum. Kim Baldonado reports from rock route.
    (Published Thursday, March 1, 2012)

    Ramone knelt down before a seemingly stunned Maria, who said yes.

    The couple has six boys from previous relationships, and their sons had nothing but praise for their newly-engaged parents.

    "I’m glad that we’re finally a family now, I love you," Ramon Vasquez Jr. said before hugging his mother.

    The rock – which is on its way to LACMA for the "Levitated Mass" exhibit – was the perfect backdrop for the proposal, said Ramone, who equated the rock’s strength to that of his love for Maria.

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