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'Levitated Mass' Opens at LACMA, Share Your Photos

SoCal's most well-known rock made its debut at LACMA on Sunday. Local residents can check out the 'Levitated Mass' exhibit and visit the rest of the exhibits for free this week.

A made its public debut at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Sunday.

The centerpiece of Nevada-based artist Michael Heizer's museum entryway exhibit "Levitated Mass" opened to the public at 11:30 a.m. June 24

The installation, conceived by Heizer in 1969, features a 456-foot-long concrete recessed walkway, with the massive boulder placed over it. Visitors will enter the museum through the roughly 15-foot-deep slot.

"This is a historic occasion, one many years in the making," LACMA Executive Director Michael Govan said. "Thousands of families witnessed the transport of the 340-ton megalith to LACMA this spring, and now Michael Heizer has realized his artwork on the museum's campus, where it will stand for generations to come. I am grateful to the many generous donors who made this incredible endeavor possible."

The boulder arrived March 10 after an 11-night journey on a 200-foot- plus-long cargo rig. The massive rock was suspended on cables and chains, as the vehicle slowly moved during generally overnight hours along streets big enough to accommodate it.

The boulder became a "rock" star of sorts at stops along the way. One city even held a block party for the rock, which also had its own Twitter account.

DID YOU VISIT THE LEVITATED MASS EXHIBIT AT LACMA? IF SO, WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE? UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS WITH "THE ROCK"!

for information on how you can visit exhibits and collections at LACMA for free from June 24 to July 1.

- City News Service

Westlawn neighbor July 13, 2012 at 06:23 PM
MarieSam Sanchez said: << "This week you can visit LACMA for free ..." >> Are you saying that one would have to pay an admission fee just to visit the Rock ? (That is, walk around and under the boulder.) It is outside of LACMA and the MUSEUM, right? Surely you don't have to pay just to walk on the grounds around the museums.
MarieSam Sanchez July 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Hi west lawn neighbor! To walk around the grounds is free, but for that week it was also free to visit the rest of the museum's exhibits which normally cost $15 for adults.
Kevin Norte July 13, 2012 at 07:56 PM
It is free to walk around it and even touch it. But to descend below and rise around it, it is going to cost you about the same price to tour Grauman's Chinese. Guess they are trying to compete with other tourist attractions.
MarieSam Sanchez July 13, 2012 at 08:14 PM
For the record, Kevin I think your photos rocked! And I think it's cool you had a rocktail to celebrate the visit :)
Kevin Norte July 14, 2012 at 07:09 AM
MarieSam, Thank you for the nice comment. As a child I watched Charleton Heston in The Ten Commandments and thought it was silly how people used to move rocks. I am grown up but still laughing in more ways than one, but I understood the absurdity I viewed in that classic film.

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