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'Levitated Mass:' The 340-ton boulder is coming to LACMA, finally

Pryrite St. in Riverside, where it awaits transport.
Pryrite St. in Riverside, where it awaits transport.
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After much anticipation, a rock is finally on its way to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The 340-ton chunk of solid rock will make a 11-night journey from Riverside County starting Tuesday to be part of Michael Heizer’s "Levitated Mass."

The megalith will arrive at LACMA early in the morning on March 10, according to Unframed, LACMA's official blog.

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It'll come from a quarry, and will travel by night, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night at the breakneck speed of eight miles per hour. The non-freeway trek for the rock has taken the work of engineers (from Emmert International), four counties and 22 cities. A more direct route would be the 10 Freeway, but the rock can't make the vertical clearance. Surface streets are not an easy task, either. Traffic lights, power lines and medians all need to be negotiated.

"Levitated Mass" will take a few weeks to put together behind the Resnick Pavilion. It will be open to the public in late spring or early summer.