A woman strikes a pose that makes her appear to be lifting the huge rock. People walk through a path under a huge rock.

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A hefty piece of artwork

Museum visitors walk under "Levitated Mass" as Telena Vo strikes a whimsical pose on June 26 near the new permanent installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.


Created by artist Michael Heizer, the installation features a 340-ton rock wedged above a 456-foot concrete slot walkway. Although the idea for the piece was conceived in 1969, it was not constructed until Heizer found the perfect boulder more than 40 years later.

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The art installation "Levitated Mass," created by Michael Heizer, features a 340-ton rock wedged above a concrete walkway.