LACMA making ‘boulder’ moves with new exhibit

March 28, 2012 by  

The boulder selected to serve as the centerpiece for artist Michael Heizer’s sculpture called “Levitated Mass” has finally been delivered to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA.

The boulder, weighing 340 tons, will be displayed on rails that span a 456 foot concrete slot and hang 15 feet above LACMA visitors walking through the slot as part of the exhibit. According to LACMA Director, Michael Govan, the sculpture will add a super modern, yet magical, ambiance conjuring the imagery of landscapes of flat open spaces and ancient obelisks, massive mountains and geometrical constructs, like that of Westerns.

Museum officials do not expect the exhibit to be ready for display until late spring or early summer. Transitioning the boulder from the truck to the slot and breaking down the specially designed transporter is expected to take at least two weeks. Additional time is required for landscaping features.

Securing the finances and planning for the implementation of the display took longer than Govan expected, he explained that it took much longer and was much harder than he had expected. It has been six years since he was called to say that Michael Heizer had found the right stone for the sculpture. Costs totaled $10 million, mostly through private fundraising efforts, and required the LACMA to secure over 100 permits from various city, county, and state officials.

Such a modern marvel is expected to attract an array of visitors ranging from art connoisseurs to curious locals. Print shops in areas near the LACMA, like Tarzana, can help guests commemorate their visit through postcard printing, flyer printing, and poster printing.