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Published on Apr 27, 2011
We've got a new major artwork on its way to LACMA—Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass." We are beginning prep work for its installation this month and it will make its official debut on campus in November.
So, what is it? The short if incomplete answer is it's a 340-ton, 21'-6" high boulder that Heizer discovered in a quarry in Riverside some years back. (In terms of height, the boulder is roughly as tall as the Resnick Pavilion. It's big.) But that's not all it is—the boulder is just the most prominent feature of Heizer's latest earthwork. It will be installed above a 456-foot-long trench that stretches behind the Resnick Pavilion. You'll walk the length of the trench, which eventually descends to fifteen feet underneath the boulder before rising back to ground level on the other side. It promises to be quite an experience.
Michael Govan went out to visit the boulder—in the video he gives you an idea of what you can expect.
Video production: Alexa Oona Schulz
About LACMA Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of nearly 140,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA’s spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences.