It’s a rock made famous for being just what it is.
Although it’s 340-ton boulder, and requires an engineered platform to transport, hundreds gathered to cheer as it made its first roll on wheels toward the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
It was obvious “The Rock” was special as everyone gathered in the cold late Tuesday night to watch the boulder make the first turn of its 105-mile journey from Riverside County to LA where it will become part of artist Michael Heizer’s outdoor sculpture, “The Levitated Mass Project.”
WCS Permits worked closely with the carrier, Emmert International obtaining various permits from several jurisdiction to ensure safe transport. The loaded dimensions of “The Rock” are 21-10 tall, 30-6 wide and 275-0 long, which means no freeway travel, and routing on surface streets only.
“This is a proud moment for our industry,” said WCS Permits president, Wes Mollno as onlookers applauded and cheered upon the first sign of the loads movement, just before 11 Tuesday night.
Right of Way (ROW) Inc., WCS’ sister company provided route surveying during the four and a half year planning process to move the boulder. During the 11-day road trip from Riverside to LACMA, ROW will provide traffic control services.
“The Levitated Mass Project” will be open to the public in late spring or early summer.