A photograph of an adult and a small child walking beneath a large craggy boulder suspended between two high walls. Palm trees are visible behind one wall with a clear blue sky in the background
Architecture + Design Film Series, Levitated Mass
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Levitated Mass is a two-story tall, 340-ton, granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside, CA to the LA County Museum of Art and mounted atop the walls of a gigantic slot in the earth. The massive ‘land sculpture’ by one of America’s most misunderstood artists, Michael Heizer, 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 attracted international attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of Southern Californians as it crawled through 22 cities on a football-field length, 206-wheeled trailer. The film weaves together the story of the reclusive Heizer, the ambitions of a major metropolitan museum, and the public’s reactions to this massive display of modern yet eerily timeless conceptual art.

Directed by Doug Pray
2013, USA, 89 Minutes

FREE. Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie begins at 6:30 pm. 

Learn more about Season 11 of The Architecture + Design Film Series at adfilmseries.org

Check back for free streaming link on Wednesday, November 15




The Architecture + Design Film Series is presented by: 118 Elliot Gallery, AIA Vermont, and Burlington City Arts. With support from: AIAVT Emerging Professionals, Artisan Engineering, Birdseye Building Company, Burlington Furniture, Office Environments, Inc., Pella Windows and Doors, Peregrine Design/Build, Redstone, Riven Studio, Rocky Dale Gardens, Selin + Selin, Site Form Studio, TruexCullins, UVM Department of Art & Art History, Vermont Eco-Floors, NuChocolat, Douglas Sweets, American Flatbread, Radio Bean, Jim Williams Architecture and Design, Austin Design, Inc., Hinterland Studio, Hubbard Land Design, Mathes Hulme Builders, ASLA - Vermont Chapter, and Hotel Vermont


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