Monday, March 12, 2012

'Levitated Mass,' aka L.A.'s New Rock Star

Los Angeles officially has a new rock star.

The 340-ton granite megalith, aka Michael Heizer's art piece "Levitated Mass," arrived early (pre-dawn early) Saturday morning at its new home at LACMA. The rock has garnered a lot of attention in the past couple of weeks, even before it left a quarry in Riverside County on Feb. 28.

According to LACMA, the huge rock has traveled (and very carefully at that) through four counties and 22 cities. It created quite a following, as people gathered to meet it and its huge transporter along the circuitous route.

I wish I could have taken CC to see the boulder arrive at LACMA on Saturday, but I don't think any of us would have been very happy to leave the house at 3:30 or 4 in the morning.

We're lucky, though, that so many people shot photos and videos (including the one above) of the experience.

Now, I'm looking forward to taking CC to see the actual exhibit, which will have the megalith "levitating" over a 456-foot concrete-lined slot on the LACMA campus. The exhibit should open in late spring or early summer.

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