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Huge LACMA rock stops short in Carson after night of obstacles

March 8, 2012 |  9:42 am

 The 340-ton boulder making its way from Riverside County to LACMA stopped three miles short of its destination in Carson early Thursday morning.

The granite rock cut its journey short because of tight clearances along Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, according to the museum’s blog. It is parked near the intersection of Sepulveda and Avalon boulevards in Carson and will stay there until about 10 p.m. when it will begin making its way to Los Angeles. The rock is still set to arrive at LACMA early Saturday morning.

The Times' Culture Monster blog has all the details of a utility pole that wasn't moved, pesky palm trees and super-tight, "zero-clearance" turns.

On Wednesday, the rock, which will eventually become the centerpiece of "Levitated Mass," a work by artist Michael Heizer, attracted thousands of visitors to Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach where business leaders and city officials threw a party to celebrate its arrival. Excited visitors bought T-shirts reading “Bixby Knolls Got Rocked,” local artists painted versions of the boulder and a DJ played songs with the word “rock” in them.

“It’s not something you see every day,” said Albertus Hoogeveen, who went to Long Beach from his home in Downey to take pictures. “It’s like going to the fair.”


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-- Paloma Esquivel