Death & SCULPTURE – The Levitated Mass Rocks On!

Jacques Lipschitz –All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. Art is an action against death. It is a denial of death.”

Monica Almeida/The New York Times - Wrapped in plastic, the boulder-turned-artwork, "Levitated Mass," nears its destination, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For those of you who missed the 11-night, 105-mile journey (from Jurupa Valley, Nevada to downtown LA) of the 340 ton boulder that is to be the center piece of artist Michael Heizer’s sculpture at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, the excitement is not yet over.

Last month more than 1,000 people gathered on Wiltshire Boulevard to bear witness to the arrival, on a 196-wheel transporter, of the 21 foot high behemoth rock. But the process of realizing Michael Heizer’s vision, Levitated Mass, is far from over. Now that the piece is finally in LA, the artist will “oversee the placement of the boulder atop the 456-foot-long slot already constructed in the earth along the Sixth Street side of LACMA’s campus”, according to LACMA blog.

Image: Michael Heizer, preliminary sketch for Levitated Mass, 2011, courtesy of the artist © Michael Heizer.

Heizer first conceived of the idea for the project in 1968, but it took him decades to find the right boulder! (Talk about tenacity and long term vision!) As the curators at LACMA noted: “At 340 tons, the boulder is one of the largest megaliths moved since ancient times. Taken whole, Levitated Mass speaks to the expanse of ART history, from ancient traditions of creating artworks from megalithic stone, to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge

Illinois Sculptor - JOSH GARBER

feats of engineering.”  The Levitated Mass installation is expected to be completed and open to the public at LACMA sometime this summer. Stay tuned.

Some great things just take time. Fortunately, acquiring ART does not always have to be that arduous! Consider Josh Garber, his sculptures exude strength and purpose; plus they’re only a click away at ARTprojectA.  Subscribe to News & Offers and receive advance notice of sales, newly added ART, and more!

JOSH GARBER - "Bloom," 2010, 7"x8"x*8", Aluminum pipe and bar


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One Response to Death & SCULPTURE – The Levitated Mass Rocks On!

  1. barbireed says:

    I’ve always loved Michael Heizer’s work, his vision and his very unique voice. Josh Garber’s voice is also singular. Josh’s monumental pieces have been sited in public places, but this work at ARTprojectA is a very manageable size, perfectly scaled to be sited on a table whether in your entry or living room!
    –B. (Barbi) Anne Reed, ANNE REED GALLERY

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