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The other Heizer big rock

Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The big news this weekend is the arrival of Michael Heizer‘s “big rock” at LACMA, attended by hundreds of onlookers lining Wilshire Boulevard with their camera phones at 4:30 a.m. this morning (the LA Times has photos from the event in an article that never mentions the artist’s name). Many Texas art fans are probably not aware that one of the finest pieces of public art in the state is also by Heizer — his 45°, 90°, 180° was installed in the 1980s in front of the mechanical engineering building at Rice University, in honor of Rice alum/famous wildcatter George R. Brown. Heizer’s sculptures at Rice have long been a favorite late-night climbing spot for inebriated students; sadly, his “Levitated Mass” at LACMA will probably not be accessible for similar shenanigans.

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