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Levitated Mass

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Doug Pray

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About the Movie

Levitated Mass is Doug Pray's new documentary about a two-story tall, 340-ton, granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and mounted atop the walls of a gigantic slot in the earth. The massive artwork, titled Levitated Mass, is the latest 'land sculpture' by one of America's most exciting and misunderstood artists, Michael Heizer. Heizer's sculpture references the expanse of art history -- from ancient traditions of megalithic stones to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering. The boulder's 105-mile journey from quarry to museum attracted international media attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of Southern Californians over 10 nights as it crawled through 22 cities on a football-field length, 206-wheeled trailer. The film captures this spectacle while weaving together the dramatic story of the reclusive Heizer, the ambitions of a major metropolitan museum, and the public's wild reactions to this massive display of modern yet eerily timeless conceptual art.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sneakily compelling ... – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Nov 13, 2014

Fresh: As soon as anyone starts say something thoughtful about Heizer or the social value of art, Pray jumps to another neat-looking wide shot of the rock to keep us oohing and aahing. – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Oct 23, 2014

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Customer Reviews

It's a rock! It's a freakin rock!

It's amazing to me what some ppl call "art". The only hald-way interesting thing about this was the moving rig...don't get too excited, they didn't go into any details! The moving of it was the only part i was interested in and they totally chinsed out on that aspect.

It’s a rock

Seriously do people have nothing better to do in this world of violence and poverty but to move a big rock from where it’s stood for millions of years and now they make a documentary to watch the moving of a rock… Please...

The Art isn’t the Rock

Sheesh - Buzz Killingtons over here…yeah it’s a rock. Yeah, there’s evil in the world. Yep, the rock has been there for aeons…but look at the people, look at the joy, the frustration, the confusion and the many thousands challenged to think about something for a second.

There is wonder in moving something so large for seemingly no purpose…until you see thousands united by a strange monolithic structure and you realise that the art is watching people forget all the evil, all the the confusion to just enjoy something that gives them varying degrees of joy and amazement. In this day and age and on this Earth….that is art.

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