LACMA’s Boulder Gets Ready for Its Close Up

By Edwin Folven, 4/05/2012


The 340-ton boulder that is part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) “Levitated Mass” exhibit can be seen through a fence as workers prepare to position it in place near Fairfax Avenue and 6th Street.

Preparations are underway to position the boulder to be used for “Levitated Mass” over the concrete walkway. (photo by Edwin Folven)

The boulder, which became a sensation during its 10-night, 105-mile journey from Riverside County to the museum, is currently stationed on a gantry next to the 456-foot-long concrete walkway that will enable visitors to pass underneath the giant rock. According to Miranda Carroll, director of communications for LACMA, crews are currently testing the angle to position the boulder above the walkway, which may take a few more weeks. The boulder will then be lifted into place hydraulically using the specialized gantry. Carroll added that museum officials are hopeful it will be open by the Memorial Day weekend, but conceded that the work could last into June. Meanwhile, there are several holes cut in the mesh fence allowing people to get a glimpse of the boulder.

“We can’t wait to have it open,” Carroll said. “The amount of anticipation has been tremendous, and it is going to be even bigger once it is here.”



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