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340-ton LACMA rock enters home stretch in South L.A.

March 9, 2012 |  8:29 am

Lacma rock enters home stretch
The giant boulder making its way from the Inland Empire to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art traveled just over 16 miles Thursday night from Carson to South Los Angeles. 

The 340-ton LACMA rock got an early start in order to make up three miles that it fell short the previous night. It is parked for the day at the corner of Gage Avenue and Figueroa Street, just off the 110 Freeway, and will begin the final leg of its journey at about 10 p.m. Friday, according to the museum’s website.

The granite boulder, which will be the centerpiece of artist Michael Heizer's outdoor sculpture "Levitated Mass," has generated massive excitement and its share of scorn on its way through Southern California over the last several days.

INTERACTIVE: Getting the rock ready to roll

In Long Beach on Thursday, thousands turned out for a neighborhood party to welcome it to Atlantic Boulevard.  

Organizers expect the rock to arrive at LACMA, in the Mid-Wilshire district, on Saturday between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. A coffee cart and food trucks will be set up near the museum for those who plan on being there.

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-- Paloma Esquivel

Photo: Participants in a block party for the boulder dance in the Long Beach neighborhood of Bixby Knolls. The massive piece of granite is being moved at a stately pace from a Riverside County quarry to LACMA. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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