After following Heizer Rock's Epic Journey, Angelenos Enjoy the completed "Levitated Mass" at LACMA.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Owner

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Architect

Buro Happold, with Artist Michael Heizer

Construction Manager / Owner's Rep

Aurora Development

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Rocking Out at LACMA

It was an epic production, millions of years in the making!

Well, the rock part was, anyway.  And it took Earth Artist Michael Heizer decades to find just the right rock to realize his vision of Levitated Mass.  Negotiating the permits to move the rock from the quarry in Riverside to LACMA took a year.  Building the concrete slot and support system took months. Trucking the rock to the museum took over a week.  Positioning it on the slot took days.  And then at last:  the ribbon cutting, the big reveal, the public surge: the grand finale took just a morning.  Now Levitated Mass is part of our urban and cultural landscape.  As an artwork it’s provocative—and that’s okay: art should be thought provoking; it should incite an emotional response.  As for the engineering and construction, there’s no controversy; I’m just not sure if you should notice the workmanship or not, since the concrete slot was designed to be effectively unnoticed as it fades from the viewer’s conscious awareness.  A conundrum, to be sure.  Go see and experience Levitated Mass for yourself, and see how you respond. It’s at LACMA on the 6th Street side, conveniently close to the subterranean parking entrance.

At the June 24, 2012 grand opening of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass, a huge crowd gathered at LACMA to participate in this experiential artwork.
At the June 24, 2012 grand opening of Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, a huge crowd gathered at LACMA to participate in this experiential artwork.