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LACMA boulder gets a rock party in Long Beach

March 7, 2012 |  5:27 pm

Hundreds of people came out to see LACMA’s 340-ton boulder as it parked Wednesday on a busy road in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach.

While in some places, people merely watched the rock roll along on its 105-mile journey, business and city leaders in Long Beach decided to throw a party. Once it reaches its destination at LACMA, the rock will become the centerpiece of "Levitated Mass," a work by artist Michael Heizer.

Excited visitors bought T-shirts reading “Bixby Knolls Got Rocked,” painted small river rocks and took pictures in front of the granite mass.

A block away, a traffic sign cautioned drivers: “Big Rock Ahead.”

“It’s not something you see every day,” said Albertus Hoogeveen, who came from Downey to take pictures. “It’s like going to the fair.”

In addition to rock art and T-shirts, local artists painted versions of the boulder and a DJ played songs with the word “rock” in them (including, inevitably, the Queen anthem “We Will Rock You.”)

Keri Hooser, who lives blocks away, said she and her mother, Sharon Weber, have been tracking the rock’s progress on TV. When Hooser heard it was coming to her neighborhood, she took the day off work.

“Everybody was going out to see it,” said Weber. “So we did too.”

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-- Paloma Esquivel

Video: Paloma Esquivel, from Long Beach

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