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Follow reporter Canan Tasci at @ChinoValleyNow after 8 a.m. Thursday as she posts comments, photos and videos to her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

She'll use the hashtag #LevitatedMass


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Here are some cool facts about Levitated Mass:

  • The rock will travel through four counties - Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles - and 22 cities.
  • Emmert International, the company that is transporting the megalith, specializes in transporting large-scale objects such as buildings, nuclear reactor components and missiles.
  • The teardrop-shaped, two-stories-high mass is so heavy and bulky it took a specially built flatbed trailer the length of a football field to transport.
  • The rock is shrink-wrapped for protection.
  • The artist plans to have the rock placed over a 456-foot-long trench so LACMA museum visitors can walk underneath and it will appear to be floating in the air above them.

Source: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The largest rock to be moved since ancient times will resume its journey through the Inland Empire tonight.

Making a trip from Riverside County to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the 340-ton granite megalith belonging to earth artist Michael Heizer will be on a transporter that is about 260 feet long and 32 feet wide.

The mass of granite is set to be the center stone of Heizer's installation, "Levitated Mass," in the late spring or early summer at LACMA.

Over the course of 11 nights - moving at about 8 miles per hour between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. - the boulder is set to travel down a pre-determined route.

Due to its weight, the transporter won't take the freeway and will avoid overpasses.

The massive rock will be on display as  Levitated Mass  at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The massive rock will be on display as Levitated Mass at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (LaFonzo Carter Staff Photographer)

Locally, gawkers can see the Levitated Mass all day today parked at the southwest corner of LA/Ontario International Airport, at Mission Boulevard and Grove Avenue in Ontario.

Overnight beginning at 11 p.m., it will move west, reaching the eastern edge of Diamond Bar at Chino Avenue at Chino Hills Parkway on Friday morning.

Contact Canan via email or by phone at 909-987-6397, ext. 425.


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