Michael Heizer and LACMA unveiled his giant boulder this morning, and several hundred people came out to take a first look. There was lots of oohing, ahhing and picture taking beneath the megalith. As LACMA director Michael Govan said, how often do you get to see under a sculpture?
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There was much posing with the boulder — beside it, under it, and with the rock seeming to hover over its concrete base.
Checking out the sculpture from below.
Surrounded by an open field of what appears to be decomposed granite, Levitated Mass is free to view during museum hours — and is visible anytime from 6th Street.
The installation gives a whole new feel to the corner of 6th and Fairfax — once the site of a gas station for customers at May Company, the department store that originally occupied LACMA West.