Why LACMA’s 340-Ton Boulder Is Good for the Economy

Photograph by Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo

On Friday night the streets of Los Angeles turned into a cut scene from Cleopatra, with a 340-ton boulder playing the part of Liz Taylor. In place of dancing Nubians and studio-bankrupting pyrotechnics, a peanut gallery of meme-hounds, bar fiends, and city officials watched as the massive monolith, which is the centerpiece of Michael Heizer’s soon-to-be-unveiled work Levitated Mass, turned onto Wilshire Boulevard and made its way to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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