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June 21, 2011 > Road trip scheduled for 340-ton California rock

Road trip scheduled for 340-ton California rock

Submitted By AP Wire Service

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP), Jun 14 - 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. It's scheduled to leave Riverside on Aug. 5.

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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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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