I don’t know about ya’ll but I have been following the journey of the 340-ton granite boulder, known as Levitated Mass, since LACMA’s twitterfeed , blog blasts and Facebook posts sparked nation wide attention back in March. That’s when the rock traveled 105 miles, over a span of 11 nights (never going faster than 5mph) to arrive to LACMA’s grounds where it would become suspended over a 456-foot long concrete channel. (As it traveled from city to city, crowds would gather to catch a glimpse and in one town, thousands of people even gathered for a street party around it.) Michael Hezier, the artist and visionary behind Levitated Mass worked on bringing this massive rock from a quarry in Riverside all the way to Los Angeles for nearly 40 years and the artwork cost a staggering $10 million. It finally opened to the public last weekend to a welcoming crowd, and is sure to become a landmark monument to Los Angeles. I love all the different meanings and interpretations I have been reading about the rock, so I thought I’d share some..
It is a monument to our own time and our own place and our own aspirations as people, and being made of stone, concrete and steel and engineered to withstand time, perhaps it will be here millennia forward to communicate those feelings to future civilizations. - Michael Govin, LACMA’s chief Executive from here.
This is a world event. This is sit-up-and-take-notice. Because L.A. will move the earth, and not only from the earthquakes. - Marlene Picard from here.
Paris got the Eiffel Tower, Pisa got a leaning tower, Giza got the pyramids, and Los Angeles… got a rock. – @TheMattKnight
It’s such a massive monument in the heart of the museum. It’s a natural sculpture. It’s God’s Sculpture. - Gerry Wright, LACMA member from here.
some photographs that rock I found on instagram.
Levitated Mass by travisjordantan
Levitated Mass by Nenshi86
Levitated Mass by Raulroa
Levitated Mass by Jamesmorel
time lapse of the construction of Levitated Mass at LACMA
*UPDATE: This is a wonderful more critical article on Levitated Mass and brings up an interesting point about possible interpretations.. READ HERE.