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.
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.