LACMA’s giant rock rolls into La Mirada
After six days of slow but steady travel, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's giant rock is now halfway to its new home.
The 340-ton boulder rolled safely into La Mirada early Monday morning after an 11-mile, eight-hour journey from Rowland Heights. On its Twitter, the rock reports that it is resting comfortably on Leffingwell Road, just west of La Mirada Boulevard.
It was given the night off Saturday, but continued its trek Sunday night.
The rock’s 106-mile journey to the Mid-Wilshire museum from Riverside is less than a week old, but has turned thousands of residents into rock watchers.
“It’s rather spectacular and it’s gathering momentum as it moves through the counties," said LACMA spokeswoman Miranda Carroll, who has been at the rock’s side for several nights. “It’s got quite a following.”
The megalith, which will eventually fill artist Michael Heizer's sculpture "Levitated Mass," is set to depart again between 10 and 11 p.m. Monday, and will roll into Lakewood on Tuesday morning.
The transporter plans to pull onto South Street at Palo Verde Avenue, near strip malls where gawkers can park, eat and watch the rock rest.
-- Matt Stevens