LACMA’s big rock, ‘Levitated Mass,’ subject of new film

Michael Heizer, shown in cowboy hat and yellow shirt at LACMA, and his piece "Levitated Mass" are the subject of a new documentary.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Artist Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass” is the subject of a new documentary to be screened as part of Los Angeles Film Festival.

Our sister blog, Movies Now, reports that “Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture” will premiere June 20 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater.

The film chronicles Heizer’s life and passion for the piece, which was four decades and $10 million in the making.

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After it arrived at LACMA last March, the sculpture had its official opening in June. The giant rock straddles a 15-foot deep channel, allowing visitors a seldom-seen sight: the underbelly of a 340-ton boulder.


The rock’s 11-day road trip last spring from a quarry in Riverside to the Mid-Wilshire museum captivated residents in Southern California and beyond.


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