Since he began producing land art in the late 1960s, Michael Heizer’s large-scale projects have been challenging in both description and execution, and the 340-ton rock discovered in a Riverside quarry that ultimately became the LACMA exhibition Levitated Mass is no exception. What begins as a fascinating look at the convoluted logistical puzzle of transporting one enormous boulder through four adjacent counties, develops into an astute and candid reflection on what art – and the reaction to art – truly means in a contemporary society. Capturing the honest reactions, from eye-rolling to awe-inspired, of the crowds who gape as the boulder lumbers past them through the dead of night, director Doug Pray carves out his own beguiling cinematic sculpture.
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