Boulder rolling through Diamond Bar, Rowland and Hacienda Heights

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A huge boulder that will become part of an art installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art begins its 11-day journey tonight from a quarry in Riverside County.
The 340-ton, 22-feet-tall stone’s slow ride across Southern California will block several lanes of traffic in Diamond Bar, Rowland and Hacienda Heights.

The megalith will become part of Michael Heizer’s work “Levitated Mass” after it is cantilevered onto a 456-foot-long concrete slot on the grounds of the museum at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. It is expected to reach the museum in the early morning hours of March 10, museum officials said.

Before it becomes art, museum officials expect the massive boulder to attract plenty of spectators during the daytime, as it sits parked along the 105-mile route. The rock, being transported by a specially designed wide-load trailer, will park in Diamond Bar at Chino Avenue, just east of Chino Hills Parkway around 4 a.m. Friday and stay there the entire day, according to museum and city officials.

After a stop in Diamond Bar, the rock’s journey resumes in a westerly direction on Pathfinder Road into Rowland Heights around 11 p.m. Friday. A weekend stopover is planned at Buttonwood Lane and Pathfinder in Rowland Heights for the third and fourth day of the journey, on Saturday and Sunday, according to Carroll. It will not travel on Saturday night.

From there, the rock’s route continues along Colima Road in Hacienda Heights to La Mirada Boulevard.

Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story ROCK.

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