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How to look at Michael Heizer's giant rock at LACMA: the inside view

How to look at Michael Heizer's giant rock at LACMA: the inside view

When Michael Heizer's 340-ton boulder was planted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art after a triumphal 11-day, 105-mile journey, it was greeted with curiosity and ebullience on the day of its public opening, June 24, 2012. But in some corners, there was a tinge of disappointment. Surrounded by the empty acreage at Fairfax and 6th Street, "Levitated Mass" seemed smaller than its media-saturated move would have implied. And there was the somewhat anti-climactic experience of walking beneath the sculpture, partly due its engineering: a pair of large steel plates to hold the rock in place over its concrete canal. These plates, required for seismic purposes, were...

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