The rock was the star as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art pulled the covers off artist Michael Heizer's latest creation - a 340-ton boulder positioned to appear as though it's floating in mid-air.
About a thousand people showed up under sunny skies as the gigantic work titled "Levitated Mass" was unveiled Sunday on LACMA's rear lawn, where it is intended to remain forever.
Its centerpiece is the two-story-tall chunk of granite that was hauled 105 miles from a Riverside rock quarry earlier this year. Since then, the rock has been carefully positioned above a 465-foot-long trench that museum visitors can stroll.
The 67-year-old Heizer, who rarely appears in public, was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and led the first procession under his work of art.
Photo by @johndunton via Twitter
Michael Heizer’s finished artwork "Levitated Mass" will officially open to the public on Sunday, June 24, LACMA announced on Tuesday.
Finally, you will be walk through the long concrete slot—one-and-a-half-football-fields long—descending 15 feet as the giant granite megalith rises over your head.
As a thank you to residents of select zip codes along the rolling stone's historic route, LACMA is offering free admission for the entire week of June 24–July 1 (with proof of residence).
From quarry to museum, relive the monumental story of what happened when greater Los Angeles followed a 340-ton pet rock on the world's slowest road trip:
- Modern 'rock': The one about the frenzy over LACMA's massive piece of granite
- LA museum to receive 340-ton boulder for art exhibit
- LACMA’s boulder is on the road
- Major LA streets close to accommodate boulder's path to LACMA340-ton boulder megalith begins 2-week roll from Riverside to LACMA for 'Levitated Mass' exhibit (photos, map)
- The LACMA Rock (and other nice rocks)
- What’s behind the $10 million price tag for LACMA’s rock sculpture?
- Everything needs an origin story, even 340-ton sculptures'
- Levitated Mass:' The 340-ton boulder is coming to LACMA, finally