Michael Heizer’s Monolith Begins Journey to LACMA

Photo Source: NY Times

Slow and steady: that’s the pace the 340-ton behemoth rock will be going when it makes its trek from a Riverside County quarry to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  After nearly half a year of delays, the LACMA has announced the giant rock will get rolling tonight at 10 p.m.

Travelling through four counties and 22 cities, the monolith will only travel at night moving at a snail’s pace of 5mph.  The two-story high mass of granite is set to arrive at the LACMA’s Resnick Pavillion on March 10 as part of artist Michael Heizer’s sculpture “Levitated Mass.”

The delays for the rocks departure have been in large part due to slow responses to city permits as well as the strenuous logistics involved in moving a rock that weighs the same as roughly 42 elephants.  More than 100 utilites such as power lines and stoplights will be affected and utility crews will travel with the rock to make room and then instantly repair the effected structures.

The boulder’s first stopping point will be at 5 a.m. Wednesday, at Mission Avenue and Bellegrave Avenue in Ontario.

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Source: LA Times