Up Date Sat., 3/10/12 ..... the rock has arrived at LACMA, will be set in place later this weekend. The "Levitated Mass" exhibit is expected to open early this summer.
Museum officials have been amazed that the rock's transport trek attracted so much public attention, especially among young people. The hope is there will be many new visitors to LACMA -- some becoming future members.
L.A. has rock in more ways than one. This rock is a 340-ton, 21'-6" high granite boulder discovered in a quarry years ago. Destined to be a major new artwork at Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass will be his latest earthwork. It will be installed above a 456-foot-long trench to create a most unique experience as viewers walk beneath.
Traveling west only at night to minimize traffic tie-ups, the rock started from Riverside County east of my town. The rock is attracting much attention and even some parties in city stops along the way.
Michael Govan, director of LACMA, went out to visit the boulder—in this video he gives you an idea of what you can expect. For more information visit lacma.org
Video production: Alexa Oona Schulz
"The rock weighs as much as 4 jumbo jets and as much as 50 T-Rex's. It will be placed in an exhibit where people can walk directly under it in a way that will make it look as though it is levitating."
The 340-ton granite boulder is making a 105-mile journey from Riverside to Los Angeles at 5 miles a hour. Yesterday the rock most recently celebrated in a Long Beach Rock-A-Palooza party.