Levitated Mass

The Megalith Arrives at LACMA: The Making of Levitated Mass

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In the early morning hours just before dawn on March 10th, 2012, the transporter carrying the megalith used to create Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass at LACMA arrived at the museum. The transporter traveled through four counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles) and 22 cities in a carefully orchestrated journey that attracted thousands of bystanders. At 340 tons, the boulder is one of the largest moved since ancient times.

 

During a journey to LACMA that took eleven days, the boulder used to create Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass paused in Bixby Knolls, where local officials hosted a street party to celebrate the occasion. Our thanks to the people of Bixby Knolls and those at every stop along the route to the museum.


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Go behind the scenes at the quarry as the transport of the megalith used in the creation of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass gets underway. 


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John Bowsher, vice president of museum infrastructure at LACMA, talks about the physical dynamics of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass and the process of collaborating with an artist on a truly massive outdoor sculpture. 


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In the fall of 2011, preparations begin to transport the megalith from the quarry in Riverside to the museum. We talked to the crew about the challenges of moving a 340-ton boulder.


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During the winter of 2011, Director Michael Goven visited the quarry in Riverside, California where the 340-ton monolith was awaiting transport to LACMA.


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