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What do museum-goers think of LACMA's 'Levitated Mass' sculpture?

June 24, 2012|By Danielle Paquette
  • Kheira Fellahi, 17, pretends to be holding up the 340-ton "Leviated Mass."
Kheira Fellahi, 17, pretends to be holding up the 340-ton "Leviated… (Genaro Molina, Los Angeles…)

Among the Sunday morning crowds who flocked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" sculpture were residents from neighborhoods along the granite boulder's route from Jurupa Valley to the museum.

Sharon Macnett, who drove from Long Beach, came to claim her free ticket after seeing a blog post on the LACMA website. LACMA offered free admission to the museum galleries to residents who dealt with the disruption of having the massive transporter move the rock along their city streets earlier this year. They redeemed free tickets after showing a driver's license or bill with one of the included ZIP codes.

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“It’s cool that it’s bringing people to the museum,” said Macnett, who flashed her DMV renewal to prove her address.

“It kind of has a face on the right side, standing from here,” she said.

Patricia Celestin, 71, of Moreno Valley, also snagged a free ticket. She watched the boulder’s journey on local news reports.

“I would have loved to see them seat that thing,” she said. “It’s gorgeous. Walking under it, I said it looked like a diamond in the rough.”

Nicole Mirante-Matthews and her husband, Jason, traveled from Silver Lake to walk their pit bull puppy, Olive, through the exhibit. The pair, both rock climbers, saw the tented rock before it left the Riverside quarry.

“We’d like to put this in our backyard, but it’s bigger than our house,” Nicole said, laughing. “It’s  amazing to be standing under a huge rock in the middle of a big city.”


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