When: Last week, middle of the night.
Why: Levitated Mass rolled past my house at 4 in the morning and I got up to wave it by.
The 340 ton boulder had been convoyed from Riverside County through the city over ten nights to reach its final destination at LACMA, only minutes from my house.
Conceived by artist Michael Heizer in 1968, the sculpture lay dormant in his imagation until the discovery of a boulder of the appropriate size. Now, it’ll be launched it into reality.
Once in place, it’ll lord over a 456 foot slot. As the viewer descends, the boulder will appear to rise and grow. Metaphoric. The semiotician in me swoons, the cynic in me sneers.
Kinda the very elaborate version of this old sight gag:
Image: Marissa Gluck