Levitated Mass by artist Michael Heizer is composed of a 456-foot-long slot constructed on LACMA's campus, over which is placed a 340-ton granite megalith. The slot gradually descends to fifteen feet in depth, running underneath the boulder. As with other works by the artist, such as Double Negative (1969), the monumental negative form is key to the experience of the artwork.
Heizer conceived of the artwork in 1969; a drawing of the work is in the collection of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The artist discovered an appropriate boulder only decades later, in Riverside County, California. The boulder is one component of the artwork, as is the 456-foot-long slot beneath it and the surrounding environment.
Taken whole, Levitated Mass speaks to the expanse of art history, from ancient traditions of creating artworks from megalithic stone, to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering.
Hours: 7 am–Sundown every day. Visitors are welcome to enter through the 6th Street park gates or through the museum during regular hours. Please note that entry to Levitated Mass is not available when it is raining.
Image: Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass, 2012, diorite granite and concrete, height: 35 ft., 7 in.; width: 21 ft., 8 in.; length: 456 ft.; granite weight: 340 tons © Michael Heizer.
Levitated Mass was made possible by gifts to Transformation: The LACMA Campaign from Jane and Terry Semel, Bobby Kotick, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Beth and Joshua Friedman, Steve Tisch Family Foundation, Elaine Wynn, Linda, Bobby, and Brian Daly, Richard Merkin, MD, and the Mohn Family Foundation, and is dedicated by LACMA to the memory of Nancy Daly.
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The Megalith Arrives at LACMA
Transport of the megalith began on the night of Febrary 28th and took place over eleven consecutive evenings. Here, the megalith arrives at LACMA.
LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan was among the speakers at Sunday’s dedication ceremony for Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass. Exclusively on Unframed, we offer a transcript of his remarks from the historic event...
While it’s hard to believe it has already been one year since Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass made its public debut at LACMA, it’s impossible to forget the monolith’s momentous trek from the Jurupa Valley to Miracle Mile in early 2012. As part of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, LACMA debuts Doug Pray’s documentary, Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture, on Thursday, June 20, 2013. The film traces the boulder’s famed journey from concept to completion: from the mountain of paperwork (almost as tall as the boulder itself!) required to plan such a colossal feat, to its custom-built transporter inching through the streets of Riverside and Los Angeles, to its final home here at the museum. LACMA’s Erin Wright worked with Doug on the project and spoke with him about his experience filming Levitated Mass...