Levitated Mass on the move

25 Jun

Well, it appears that the big rock that caused such a stir in Bixby Knolls is now causing a stir at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The LA Times has covered the grand opening (unveiling?) of Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass” sculpture pretty extensively over the past couple days.

Here’s a good crowd reax story: What do museum-goers think of LACMA’s ‘Levitated Mass’ sculpture? and another from the grand opening A monolithic debut for LACMA’s ‘Levitated Mass’ that features this great line, “Sisyphus would be relieved.” The LAT also has a great compilation of photos from across Twitter taken by museum goers. Seems the mania caused by the massive boulder didn’t end here in Long Beach. And yes, there are pictures of people posing as if they were holding the rock above their heads. Probably the first of many thousands to follow. This one https://twitter.com/garybaseman/status/216992088611504128 is from none other than artist Gary Baseman.

I absolutely loved the hub-bub that followed the moving of the rock. Seems there were two schools of thought on the whole thing (and a lot of dumb comments): It was a stupid waste of money or it was a modern engineering marvel that harkened back to monoliths of ancient history. I’m in the latter group and am glad I got up at 4:30 am to go look at the rock — and the custom-built traveling rig — when it was parked on Atlantic Blvd. Yes, I was up early, standing in the cold, staring at a big rock. It was awesome. Not sure what impressed me more, the moving rig or the behemoth itself. Now can’t wait to get over to LACMA to see the installation.


One Response to “Levitated Mass on the move”

  1. ribshots June 26, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    I was up early that day too and shooting pictures.

    I saw the veiled rock in place at LACMA. I was up there Saturday night for an opening of a friend’s show (the guy who painted the GIANT piece in our dining room). The show was awesome, the rock was guarded and under wraps.

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