Levitated Mass at Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) now open to public. People can walk beneath the massive, 340-ton rock and nothing to worry about because it descends to fifteen feet in depth.
, a contemporary artist and his latest project was the Levitated Mass for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The granite took eleven nights, from February 28 to March 10, 2012, before they placed the 340-ton rock to the museum that they found at Stone Valley Quarry in Riverside County, California.
The granite boulder 21.5 feet wide and 21.5 feet high) is installed atop a 456-foot-long trench, which allows people to walk under it. The long channel, descending to a depth of 15 feet, is encircled by a lozenge-shaped line of weathering steel embedded in the earth and rusting to a velvety brown. The installation is situated in a field of polished concrete slices, set at a slight angle between the Resnick Pavilion and Sixth Street.
Levitated Mass speaks to the expanse of art history, from ancient traditions of creating artworks from megalithic stone, to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering.