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Big Rock Has Landed In Lakewood (See Photos), Will Move Into NLB Overnight & Arrive In Bixby Knolls By Daybreak Wednesday (Mar. 7), Atlantic Ave. 36-37th Sts.; LBReport.com Plans To Carry LIVE Webcast Wednesday Morning

(March 6, 2012) -- A 340-ton boulder (which will become a "Levitated Mass" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) arrived in Lakewood this morning (March 6), landing at South St./Palo Verde Ave. (photos below) and it'll begin moving at 11 p.m. tonight (March 6), entering Long Beach heading through the "Top of the Town" and into Bixby Knolls, scheduled to arrive on Atlantic Ave. between 36th-37th Sts. by 5 a.m.

LBReport.com plans to carry a LIVE webcast from the site, provided by Dan Halverson's WebcastLongBeach.

Photos below show what we saw on South St. just east of Palo Verde Ave. in Lakewood at midday today (March 6).

Some schoolchildren got a field trip.

This four legged friend looked like he wanted to leave his mark on the future artwork.

The Bixby Knolls plans festivities from noon to 7 p.m. with live music live artists, river rock decorating, photo ops, and other fun things throughout the day...and a DJ will be playing songs with "rock" in the title.

Staring at 11 p.m. tonight (Tues. Mar. 6), the rock will enter Long Beach at South St/Obispo Ave., proceed west to Paramount Blvd, South to Del Amo Blvd, west to Atlantic Ave. and then south until to reaches 36th-37th Sts...where it will remain until 11 p.m. Wednesday...when it heads south to downtown LB, then back up Magnolia to PCH, into WLB...and out of here.

A City Hall release says: "Atlantic Avenue will remain open on Wednesday, but traffic delays are expected between 36th and 37th streets, as only one lane of traffic will be open on either side of the parked trailer during the day."

The rock is scheduled to arrive in central LA on Friday night, heading up Figueroa (past Exposition Park and USC), then through West Adams, up Western Ave, then west on Wilshire Blvd. through the Miracle Mile to the museum.

LACMA describes the "Levitated Mass" artwork as "comprised of a 456-foot-long concrete-lined slot constructed on LACMA’s campus, upon and at the center of which is placed a 340-ton granite megalith. As visitors walk along the slot, it gradually descends to fifteen feet deep, running underneath the megalith before ascending back up."

LACMA says "this is possibly the largest megalithic stone moved since ancient times [but] not the first time heavy transport has occurred in Southern California. Just last year Southern California Edison shipped a 350-ton steam generator from the San Onofre nuclear plant to a nuclear-waste disposal site in Utah. A similar transporter was used -- 400 feet long! -- traveling slowly at night over the course of nineteen days, without incident.)

The "megalith" is scheduled to become part of artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, displayed above a 456 foot long trench...in which people can walk and see the 340 ton mass "floating" above them. (Don't try this at home"). Public viewing is expected to start in the late spring/early summer.

Who's paying for this? LACMA says:

Emmert International, a company that specializes in transporting large-scale objects such as buildings, nuclear reactor components, and missiles [is transporting the rock.]

...Levitated Mass was made possible by private gifts to Transformation: The LACMA Campaign from Jane and Terry Semel, Bobby Kotick, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Beth and Joshua Friedman, Steve Tisch Family Foundation, Elaine Wynn, Linda, Bobby, and Brian Daly, Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd., Richard Merkin, MD, and the Mohn Family Foundation, and has been dedicated by LACMA to the memory of Nancy Daly. Transportation is made possible by Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd.

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