For Those About to Rock: LACMA Levitated Mass Exhibit Information

All you wanted to know about LACMA's giant rock that's part of an exhibit called "Levitated Mass"

By Jason Kandel
|  Friday, Mar 9, 2012  |  Updated 12:19 PM PDT
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A look back at a few of the LACMA rock fans we met on the road from a Riverside County quarry to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

A look back at a few of the LACMA rock fans we met on the road from a Riverside County quarry to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s newest exhibit is a 340-ton boulder that will be part of a sculpture called 'Levitated Mass' by artist Michael Heizer.

A rig made up of three 18-wheelers - 200 wheels total - had to be made to move the two-story-tall piece of granite from its original location in Riverside to the museum in West LA, a total of 106 miles. It took months for Emmert International, a company that specializes in heavy hauling, to obtain permits for transport through 22 cities to its destination.

The rig traveled 8 mph and was so wide it took up three lanes on a freeway.

The journey was expected to take 11 days. The granite, one of the largest monoliths moved since ancient times, will be installed on the lawn behind LACMA's Resnick Pavilion.

Visitors to the museum will be able to walk in a trench to see the rock from underneath.

LACMA's new boulder was part of a bigger project decades in the making. Heizer, 67, conceived the idea in the late 1960s, but failed to find the appropriate rock.

The rock has generated a lot of buzz. You too can follow the trials and tribulations of the giant slab:

You can follow the route from the map below.

View Levitated Mass in a larger map

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