An enormous crag of rock quarried some 60 miles away (and about twenty times larger than what’s pictured at left) arrived in Los Angeles early this morning after a circuitous eleven-day journey. The boulder-as-art, by California sculptor Michael Heizer, was so heavy — 340 tons in fact — that it required a massive 196-wheel transport. The work will be known as Levitated Mass and installed over a cut trench at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Despite the enormous cost of the project, one city council member said it would be a “big magnet” for the museum, pointing to the surprisingly large crowds that came out to see the rock parade by, even at four-thirty in the morning.
100% Pure, 2005, acrylic on fired clay, 12 ½ x 19 x 11 inches, Frank and Berta Gehry, © Ken Price, photograph © Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Photo: ? Ken Price, courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA /Photography ? 2011 Fredrik Nilsen, All Rights Reserved