Here’s the trailer for the feature-length documentary on Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass by Doug Pray (Surfwise, Scratch, Art & Copy). The film is premiering at LACMA next week as part of the L.A. Film Festival. Learn more about Heizer, relive the fun and controversy of last year’s transport, and get a close look at what really went into making this monumental sculpture.
One year ago today, the rock started its 11-night, 5mph journey from Jurupa Valley to LACMA.
My two-year-old came to visit Levitated Mass yesterday. How’s that for scale?
On opening day, in summer solstice sunlight, the rock looked fascinating and different from every angle. From some perspectives, it’s a domino about to topple. From others, it’s as stable as the pyramid on the dollar bill (which actually would have toppled, had the Egyptians built one with those too-vertical proportions). It changed appearance as the sun moved, and will surely look different in other seasons and weathers. Levitated Mass is a Chinese viewing stone almost the size of a Monet cathedral.
The brooding sculptural ensemble marks time both cultural and geological. Adjacent to an urban art museum, repository for the relics of civilizations gone by, it’s also next to the La Brea Tar Pits, resting place for prehistoric bones sunken into the primordial goo. Unavoidably, it calls for contemplation of our transient place in the larger scheme of things.