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The LACMA rock: The overnight run to Long Beach

March 6, 2012 | 12:40 pm

The LACMA rock at the quarry: Click for full coverage

The 340-ton boulder winding its way through the Southland to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be hitting the streets of Long Beach Tuesday night, and folks there are ready to party.

Local business leaders are throwing a bash in Bixby Knolls to welcome the monolith, the centerpiece of "Levitated Mass," a work by artist Michael Heizer that will be installed on the grounds of the county museum near its Resnick Pavilion.

"We’ve had crowds at every stop, and a lot of people have been following it the whole way," said LACMA spokeswoman Miranda Carroll.

PHOTOS: Giant rock rolling toward LACMA

The boulder arrived at its latest pit stop, along Palo Verde Avenue in Lakewood, early Tuesday morning and heads to Long Beach starting around 10 p.m. The rock, cradled in a mammoth trailer of heavy-duty steel girders, will spend Wednesday on Atlantic Avenue, between 36th Street and 37th Street.

The boulder’s 105-mile journey to LACMA began last week in Riverside, where the giant chunk of granite was blasted out of the earth at a quarry in the Jurupa Mountains. The rock is scheduled to arrive at the museum on Saturday.

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-- Phil Willon

Photo: The rock back at the quarry, being prepared for the trip. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

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