“Levitated Mass” Moves through Cerritos

7 Mar

This is my first ever post and I’m interested in seeing how it works out.  Thanks for reading it.

Some of you may be have been following the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) new acquisition, “Levitated Mass.” LACMA is moving this behemoth rock from a quarry in Riverside County to its campus on Wilshire in Los Angeles at a cost of about $3 million (from private donations, thank goodness).  It’s been in the news quite a bit since it’s so huge (21.5 feet tall and 340 tons), costs so much to move, needs special transports and and requires a circuitous route to get to LACMA because of bridge tolerances and street width/strength.  Image  Compare the size of a man to the rock 

The customized transport moves about 3 mph and only in the wee hours of the night so as not to cause too much disturbance with traffic.  The movers have been surprised that people have lined the streets along the route even during the night and even more so when the rock is parked for the day.  Teachers have been taking their classes to see it, parents with their kids and dogs and people like me who are curious to see it before it’s actually placed at LACMA.  

The “Mass” moved through Cerritos early this morning and was parked in the middle of South Street just west of the San Gabriel River overpass.  It fully took up the two middle lanes of South Street.ImageMaking the turn at Studebaker and South Streets

I didn’t see the rock on the move, but did venture over to see it this morning in its parking spot.  I wasn’t surprised to see a lot of people there but I was surprised at how friendly people were in discussing the rock.  The camaraderie reminded me of when the Olympic Torch went through Anaheim and everybody was so happy to see it pass by. I met a lady with her 13 week old chocolate lab puppy, Bear, and her two girls who wanted to see it before school.  Something new to tell the teacher, I suppose.  A man told me that his first real memory was seeing his house being moved from a rural area to a place where they had more services like electricity and running water.  Ever since, he’s been interested in seeing how things are moved.  We both agreed that we’d have to go to LACMA to see how they are going to “mount” the thing to “levitate” it.  I can’t imagine how or where they are going to put it.  As you might know, the tar pits aren’t far from LACMA and if they’re not careful, it might sink into a pit.  Wouldn’t that be the pits?  


Yes, the Oversized Load sign is definitely a must! 

The white thing is the actual rock, strapped in and supported by huge steel girders.  Note the number of tires needed!  I was amazed that giant tires weren’t used but I don’t know much about tires.


The rock is supposed to arrive at LACMA March 10 and then become the centerpiece of “Levitated Mass,” a piece of art by Michael Heizer.  Perhaps other things will be levitated in lieu of the actual rock.  who knows?  As I said, I’ll have to go see it to figure out how it worked out.

6 Responses to ““Levitated Mass” Moves through Cerritos”

  1. peg hill March 7, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    Hi Cora. I loved your posting about the ROCK! Yes, Alan and I saw a piece on the news about it and an interview with the architect/artist. I think it is wonderful. You also might think about going back to some of your photos and doing a couple of blogs on the time leading up the the Rose Parade and the actual parade. And, I think we can all blog to Angel when we are at Pajaro. Shoo

  2. R. D. Schmidt March 7, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    Wow, Cora! Welcome to the world of Blogs & Posts (not a law firm, but a wonderful platform for the very you to showcase your considerable writing, photo & desktop publishing skills.) You are wonderful and treasured among your family, friends and community. You GO, girl! —We love you— Dick & Jan
    PS: Great catchy blog name, BUZZARDNOTES, though we feel you’re clearly more Chick than Buzzard.

  3. Colleen baptista March 7, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Great job on the first post! You will enjoy blogging! Good luck I will continue to check in

  4. Connie Raub March 7, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Nice Work, Coralee! I love the “Buzzardnotes” I thought you were talking about the buzzard levitating through Cerritos and the masses! I think that would be fitting for you! Very interesting about the rock. I guess I will have to go see LACMA sometime while I’ll in the area. I’m so impressed with your techno skills!

  5. janishaag March 7, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    Good job, Coralee! Welcome to the world of blogging! You’ve been doing this for years with your epistles, and now you get to share with an even wider audience. Keep posting!

  6. Mary Lou Mangold March 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Rock and roll, I say! You levitated me right out of my chair with your fine description.
    I’m looking forward to your next blog.

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