Touchdown of Heizer’s Rock

Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass touched down on April 17th over its 15′ deep trench reported LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

“It landed perfect,” [Heizer] declared to Govan, observing that the rock hit the grout “exactly as it was intended.” Then, not missing a beat, Heizer turned to one of the seven engineers on the project to discuss the myriad ways in which the sculpture is being seismically secured…

Late last month… Heizer quietly arrived from his remote compound in the Nevada desert, where he has been working for the past four decades on “City,” a vast, Stonehenge-scaled project near Area 51, the secret military installation.

Since then, he’s been living with his wife and dog in an Airstream trailer on the LACMA campus, just a stone’s throw from his artwork, which will allow visitors to walk down the trench and under the boulder, positioned 15 feet overhead. Heizer’s expected to return to Nevada later this week[.]

Funny that the only picture of the artist is with Frank Gehry! What does Frank have to do with the installation or even LACMA???

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Narrative Los Angeles

For my 2nd year BSLA studio at Cal Poly Pomona this spring, I’m taking the students on a 3-day tour of narrative landscapes around the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

View 203L 2012 Narrative Landscapes in a larger map.

Here is the FINAL ITINERARY:  LA_203L_Field_Trip_LOS ANGELES [pdf]

From high art to outsider art, petroglyphs to historic places central to the founding of the city, the Southern California landscape is embedded with narratives. We’re avoiding most of the kitsch and crassly commercial in search of the authentic genius loci. Okay, the Getty Villa is perhaps one of the most gauche gardens in existance, but there is something worth learning about this over-the-top display of narcissism.

Tentatively, here is the itinerary: Continue reading

Wind and Water

Hint.FM (Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg) created a seductive visualization of wind flows for the US. Click the image for a real-time animation and links to the past few weeks of weather patterns. (via Lian)

Equally beguiling is David Wicks’ Drawing Water, which documents precipitation with the water transfers to urban users.


These maps remind me of ocean current visualization that I saw few months back created by JPL and MIT.

Heizer’s Crane

A 700-ton crane is now being assembled to lift Michael Heizer’s 340-ton Levitated Mass rock into position at LACMA via the LATimes, while the 600-ton transporter is being disassembled. The pending lift (stay tuned for when) will be the next performance event (even if the rock only is raised up just a few inches) that should attract huge crowds – so what else is LACMA planning for that event?

Heizer will be on hand for the lift and oversee the final positioning of the rock according to LACMA spokeswoman Miranda Carroll. The description of how the area around the slot will be ‘ landscaped with granite that will make the plot look very similar to the Riverside quarry from which the rock was taken’ undermines the potential power of the piece to evoke the sublime and instead is on a slippery slope into kitsch along the lines of a zoo or an ecotainment store  (i.e. REI or Gander Mountain). I can only hope that the artist is able to create an evocative landscape worthy of the attention (both the positive and negative) that this piece is generating.

The sculpture is slated to open in June, so stay tuned.

Original Levitated Mass

via Observatoire du Land Art, here are the original drawings by Michael Heizer for Levitated Mass from 1969.

Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass, 1969 (detail). © Volker-H. Schneider / Marzona

Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass, 1969.  © Volker-H. Schneider / Marzona
(Based on Paper – Die Sammlung Marzona. Revolution der Kunst 1960-1975,  p.154)

Levitated Mass on the move

Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass has started it’s journey on Tuesday, Feb 28th at 11pm, and it will arrive at LACMA ‘(very) early in the morning on Saturday, March 10.’ More on twitter: @LACMARock. I’ll be updating this post and tracking the move.

LACMA’s Gawker Guide has details for viewing the rock as it moves along the streets of Los Angeles. LATimes slideshow, and on flickr.

Monday, March 5th Layover

Location on Friday, March 2nd

Thursday March 1st layover location

Wednesday Feb 29th Layover

Layovers include:

…at Chino Avenue, just east of Chino Hills Parkway in Diamond Bar around 4 a.m. Thursday (March 1) and stay there the entire day, according to museum and city officials.

It will resume in a westerly direction into Rowland Heights Thursday night and into Friday, where a stopover is planned at Buttonwood Lane and Pathfinder Road for the third and fourth day of the journey, Friday and Saturday, according to the museum.

The boulder will park at La Mirada Boulevard and Leffingwell Road in La Mirada on March 4. – Pasadena Star

And:

 A weekend stopover is planned at Buttonwood Lane and Pathfinder in Rowland Heights for the third and fourth day of the journey, on Saturday and Sunday… – Whittier Daily News

Originally on Infrascape Design here. Via Zev. Official LACMA news of the move here.

LAtimes