Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass, 2012, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Jane and Terry Semel, Bobby Kotick, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Beth and Joshua Friedman, Steve Tisch Family Foundation, Elaine Wynn, Linda, Bobby, and Brian Daly, Richard Merkin, MD, and the Mohn Family Foundation, and dedicated by LACMA to the memory of Nancy Daly. Transportation made possible by Hanjin Shipping Holdings Co., Ltd. © Michael Heizer, photo by Tom Vinetz

Levitated Mass Turns Five This Weekend

On June 24, Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass turns five. Celebrate by digging into the Unframed archives to learn more about the sculpture!

The journey of the 340-ton megalith from a quarry in Jurupa Valley, Riverside County, began on February 28, 2012 on a custom "transporter" 200 feet long and nearly three freeway lanes wide. 

Want to relive the trip? Look back on the Gawker's Guide to the transport.

The boulder's voyage across Southern California brought to mind the master movers of stone—the ancient Egyptians

Not that LACMA doesn't have experience with large-scale sculptures: from Urban Light to Smoke, we have many more monumuental artworks on campus.

Curious about how the sculpture came to be? Doug Pray made a documentary, Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture, which debuted in 2013. The film traces the boulder's famed journey from concept to completion. Read more about the experience of filming Levitated Mass in this interview with the filmmaker.

Once the boulder got to LACMA, the artwork was put together over several months. The "rock" was taken off the transporter and placed atop a 456-foot-long slot.

Were you here on opening day in 2012? See if you can spot yourself in these photos!

Share your own memories of Levitated Mass with #LevitatedMass!