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[Updated] 340-Ton Megalith Rock Comes to USC

USC gets a glimpse of the monumental rock's tour through Los Angeles.

USC is about to play host to a pretty monumental "guest"-- all day on Friday, a 340-ton granite megalith is going to be parked outside Exposition Park as it makes it journey through Los Angeles.

The megalith will begin making its way towards USC's campus 8 pm, two hours earlier than originally determined.

It is currently at Avalon/Pacific in Carson and will arrive at Figueroa St. and Florence Avenue tomorrow morning.

Part of the exhibit Levitated Mass by artist Michael Heizer, the monumental rock started making its way from a quarry in Riverside to its new home, LACMA, last week.

LACMA rock on its way toward USC. (Photo courtesy LACMA/Tom Vinetz)
LACMA rock on its way toward USC. (Photo courtesy LACMA/Tom Vinetz)

The 22-foot megalith, a rock too heavy to travel on freeways, is making its 105-mile, 11-night journey at the pace of just 5 mph.  It's traveling on the back of a custom-made, 260-foot trailer.  

And it's only allowed to travel at night.

The megalith's slow journey is being heavily documented on Twitter with the hashtag #LevitatedMass and on LACMA's blog, Unframed.

During each day of its tour, the rock will be parked in specifically identified areas (visit LACMA's website to view the overrall route).  The museum says that these stops will be the best chance onlookers have of seeing the historic transport.

Despite a slight delay in its journey Wednesday night, the rock will be parked on Figueroa Street, just north of Florence Avenue, all day Friday.  LACMA says that this will be the best chance for USC residents to sneak a peek at the megalith.  Its parking spot will be just south of Exposition Park.

It will complete the final leg of its journey, as it travels right past USC down Figueroa and turns west onto Adams.  It will reach its final destination at LACMA on Saturday morning.

Once the rock is finally at LACMA, it is going to be installed above a 456-foot-long trench that stretches behind the museum's Resnick Pavilion.  Museum-goers will be able to walk the length of the trench, which descends 15 feet underneath the boulder before rising back up to ground level on the other side of the exhibit.


LACMA Rock Rolls to Its Next Stop

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