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 that will be part of 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 twenty-two cities in a carefully orchestrated journey that attracted thousands of bystanders. At 340 tons, the boulder is one of the largest megaliths moved since ancient times.

Levitated Mass is expected to open to the public June 24, 2012. Learn more

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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In this video, filmed while the site was being prepared during the summer of 2011, John Bowsher talks about the physical dynamics of the construction and the process of working with a living artist on a truly massive project. Find out more.


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In the fall of 2011, during a visit to the quarry in Riverside where the megalith that will be part of the artwork Levitated Mass, by Michael Heizer, awaited transport, we talked to the crew about the challenges of moving a 340-ton boulder.


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The megalith that will be part of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass began the journey to LACMA on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012. Transport, made possible by Hanjin Shipping, took place over the course of roughly eleven nights, traveling through four counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles) and twenty-two cities.


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During its 10-day journey to LACMA, the megalith that will be part of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass paused in Bixby Knolls, where local officials hosted a street party to welcome it to town. Our thanks to the people of Bixby Knolls, and those at every stop along the route, which passes through four counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles) and twenty-two cities.


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