LACMA's Giant Rock Officially on the Move

The rock traveled five miles from Riverside to Glen Avon on first night of journey

It was night number two in an 11-night journey for LACMA's new 340-ton rock exhibit.

The two-story-tall piece of granite left Glen Avon Wednesday night, headed for a stop in Ontario Thursday morning.

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On Tuesday night it traveled approximately five miles of its 106-mile trek, leaving Riverside and arriving in Glen Avon for the day, according to the rock's Twitter page.

Yes, even this ancient rock has caught up with the times.

The rock's stop in Glen Avon became an attraction for many families in Riverside County on Wednesday. Steve Saliz took the opportunitiy to show two of his grandsons history in the making. Eleven-year old Raymond and 8-year old Joseph are sure the rock came from space.

"It looks more like a meteor, because I've never seen a rock look like that!" said Joseph.

Children as young as five came out to view the massive rock on Wednesday, before it leaves for it's next city.

For Steve, taking his gransons to see the rock was a trip none of them will soon forget.

He said, "I got to the school, they announced it over the intercom and they announced that it would be here, and we live in the area, so I thought we'd come, and here we are! It's huge!"

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"What a night!" the rock "tweeted" this morning. "What places should I visit around town?"

LACMA's future attraction, which will take its place in the new "Levitated Mass" exhibit, requires three 18-wheelers attached to a custom-made rig to transport it.

It took months for Emmert International, a company that specializes in heavy hauling, to obtain permits in each of the 22 cities through which the rock will pass. Scroll down on this page for a map of the route.

"It's taken about six months of planning," said Terry Emmert, president of Emmert International. "We built this custom trailer just to haul this truck."

The rig is about two stories tall, features more than 200 tires and is so wide that it would take up three lanes if driven on a freeway.

It will travel to LACMA during the night on a pre-determined route of surface streets at a rate of about eight mph.

Who knew "rock 'n' roll" could be so slow?

The rock is scheduled to move 10 miles from Glen Avon to the Ontario Airport by Thursday. It will be parked on private property at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Grove Avenue and will be easy to see, according to the museum's blog.

LACMA's new boulder is part of a bigger project decades in the making.

Artist Michael Heizer, 67, conceived the idea in the late 1960s, but failed to find the appropriate rock at the time.

The rock will be installed on the lawn behind LACMA's Resnick Pavilion and will be set above a trench where visitors will be able to walk under it.

An arrival date of March 10 has been set.

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