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Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Jun 24, 2012 — ongoing

“Levitated Mass” is Michael Heizer’s monumental sculpture consisting of a 340-ton granite boulder suspended over a 456-foot-long concrete channel constructed on LACMA’s campus. To experience the work, visitors have to descend the narrow, ramp-like slot and, at a center point, pass fifteen feet under the rock. The reclusive artist first conceived the idea in 1969 but had to wait over four decades to find the perfect boulder.

Transport of the rock created an international sensation and drew thousands of curious onlookers during its 11-night journey from a stone quarry in Riverside’s Jurupa Valley to its permanent home at LACMA. Due to the boulder’s enormous weight, a specially assembled 294-foot-long transporter traveled only at night at 7mph along its 105-mile route to minimize traffic disruption.

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