LACMA to unveil ‘Levitated Mass’ and its 340-ton rock on June 24

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The massive boulder that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art transported from a Riverside quarry to its Wilshire Boulevard campus will be unveiled June 24 as the main component of Michael Heizer’s sculpture “Levitated Mass.”

The rock made its 11-day journey in March, drawing international attention as well as crowds of curious roadside onlookers during its slow, nocturnal trip. The rock could only travel at night, to spare residents along the route traffic disruption, and did so very slowly, in order to make sometimes tight turns and leave the areas it traveled through unscathed. The night it stopped in Long Beach, it drew thousands of residents of the Bixby Knolls area for an impromptu street party. It arrived at LACMA on March 10.

A dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. June 24, with LACMA Chief Michael Govan, the museum’s board Chairman Terry Semel and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky making remarks.


The museum said Monday that it would admit free anyone who lives in the ZIP codes along the rock’s route to the museum, from June 24 to July 1, as a thank-you. Proof of residence is required.

A temporary exhibition, “Michael Heizer: Actual Size,” co-organized with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, will open at the museum at the same time, featuring large-scale photographs of Heizer’s projects.


Watch the rock’s 11-day trip

The last night on the road with the rock

Michael Govan works his magic on his museum