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LACMA’s giant rock arrives in Lakewood, headed for Long Beach

March 6, 2012 | 11:41 am

LACMA’s giant rock has arrived in Lakewood, is headed for Long Beach

The most-watched rock in the Southland got safely to Lakewood on Monday and is set to head to Long Beach tonight as it continues moving ever so slowly toward the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The rock's football-field-size transporter pulled onto South Street near Palo Verde Avenue around 4:30 a.m. today, according to the LACMA blog, and is scheduled to set off again between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. at its glacial pace of about 5 mph.

LACMA spokeswoman Miranda Carroll said Monday that museum officials will be at the site handing out literature about the rock. She said there are strip malls on both sides of the transporter, with ample parking. "People are drawn to this," she said.

PHOTOS: Giant rock rolling toward LACMA

The rock is scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning in Long Beach's Bixby Knolls neighborhood. The transporter will be parked on Atlantic Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets, officials said. LACMA's blog says Wednesday may be the best chance for Long Beach residents to view the rock before it heads north to Los Angeles.

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Assn. said it plans to hold an event Wednesday between noon and 4 p.m., featuring food, rock decorating and a DJ playing music with the word "rock" in the song title. 

MAP: Follow the route

The rock is part of the "land art movement" of the late 1960s, according to art blogger and author William Poundstone. On Monday, Poundstone told "Which Way, L.A.?" radio show host Warren Olney that most land art is found in inaccessible regions of the desert, so having this rock on a museum campus is unique.

"It will appeal to the art crowd, but it also works as a roadside American attraction," Poundstone said on the KCRW-FM show. "You've got to find some way of getting people who are really not interested in art to start thinking about it."


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Photo: The rock to be used in the artwork "Levitated Mass" at the Stone Valley Quarry in Riverside. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times