Heavy Duty Rock and Roll

David K. Israel

I was at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art yesterday and there was some construction going on. When I inquired, I learned that Los Angeles is soon to enter the Guinness Book for largest boulder ever transported in modern times.

Apparently, a 340-ton, 21 1/2-foot-high granite boulder will sit on steel rails in the construction zone picture in my photo above. A 456-foot-long, ramp-like slot in the ground, descending to 15 feet deep, will run beneath it. The rock will appear to levitate above people walking through the underground channel. From the LA Times:

Because of its size and weight, bringing what LACMA calls "the monolith" to the museum is an intricate, complex, potentially dangerous and very expensive process that has required more than a year of logistical preparations. It's one of the heaviest objects to be moved since ancient times, says museum director Michael Govan.

A custom transporter that will likely be 200 feet long and almost three freeway lanes wide is presently being constructed, as well. It will travel to LACMA at night, on closed roads and at less than 10 mph, led by a police escort. The approximately 85-mile journey, normally a one and half hour drive, will take a circuitous route lasting a week to 10 days.

My takeaway? This whole thing ROCKS! - big-time.