RIVERSIDE (AP) — A 340-ton boulder is quickly becoming a rock legend and is ready for a road trip.
The granite will be moved from a Riverside-area quarry to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where it will be the centerpiece of a permanent exhibit called “Levitated Mass” by earth artist Michael Heizer.
A 200-foot trailer with 200 wheels has been built for the 21-foot high, 680,000-pound rock.
Too heavy for Southern California freeways, the rock will roll along surface streets at seven miles per day — a nine-day trip.
Stone Valley Materials co-owner Stephen Vander Hart told the Riverside Press-Enterprise the move will cost about $1.5 million.
Museum officials say all costs are being paid with private donations.
The exhibit is expected to open in mid-November.
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