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Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture (2014)

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Levitated Mass is the story behind the monumental artwork of the same name by Michael Heizer, which is now installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. First conceived in 1968 but not technologically possible until 2012, this two-story tall, 340-ton granite boulder was moved from its desert quarry over 105 miles on a custom-built, 206-wheeled tractor trailer to its permanent home at the world-renowned art museum. Pray's documentary follows the boulder's historic journey, which caused an international media sensation as it challenged the imagination of hundreds of thousands of spectators over the ten nights it crawled through the streets of Los Angeles, defiantly provoking the question, 'is that a multi-million dollar work of art or just a big rock'? Pray captures the spectacle of it all, as well as the reactions-ranging from awe to outrage-from the crowds of people who watched it journey through LA's depressed inner city as well as through neighborhoods filled with million dollar homes. (c) First Run Features

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Sneakily compelling ...

November 13, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

October 23, 2014 | Full Review…

"Levitated Mass" is document, critique and celebration all in one.

October 3, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Levitated Mass is more entertaining than a glowing artist profile has any right to be, because Pray remembers where his subject came from.

September 3, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

As a chronicle of a city falling in love with a rock, Levitated Mass shines. As a documentary on the nature of art, however, it misses a few big opportunities to reach for something truly fascinating and profound.

June 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Pray's film, though not as weighty or groundbreaking - no pun intended - as its subject, nevertheless does a good job of presenting both art and artist ...

April 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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