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LACMA rock's week begins smoothly

March 5, 2012 |  9:36 am

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Sunday night marked the fifth night of travel for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “big rock,” as it’s been dubbed. The 340-ton, near-two story high granite boulder, now well on its way to the museum to become the focal point of artist Michael Heizer’s landmark sculpture “Levitated Mass,” is now a seasoned veteran of the SoCal roads.

The monolith traveled 11 miles on Sunday night, setting off from Pathfinder Road near Fullerton Road in Rowland Heights a little after 10 p.m., and ending up in the city of La Mirada about 5 a.m. Monday morning.

This most recent stretch of its long, circuitous 105-mile journey from Riverside County to the Mid-Wilshire museum went off without a hitch. The more than 100-person rock caravan traveled along Colima Road, which has fewer sharp turns and steep hills -- cumbersome for the boulder’s 200 foot long transporter -- than on previous nights.

PHOTOS: Giant rock rolling toward LACMA

The transporter is now parked at Leffingwell Road, just west of La Mirada Boulevard, where it will sit for the day.  It sets off Monday night at roughly 10 p.m. headed for the city of Lakewood, where it will park early Tuesday morning.

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--Deborah Vankin

Twitter.com/@debvankin

Photo: The rock for Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" during its 11-night journey. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times

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