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Levitated Mass (2013/First Run Features DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Film: B+

Levitated Mass is an interesting documentary about a pioneering land artist named Michael Heizer who sees his vision realized over the course of 40 some years- a 340-ton boulder affixed above a concrete trench through which visitors may walk. The nature, expense and scale of the installation made it an instant topic of discussion within the art world.

The film, Levitated Mass, is the story of a rock star; the artist behind the sensation; a $10 million, 22-city tour; and the international media storm that ensued -but not in the way you might expect. Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, renowned and reclusive land artist Michael Heizer's 'Levitated Mass' gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over the course of 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer, drawing hundreds of camera crews and cell phone shooters alike to document its journey. Tens of thousands of people came out to watch the megalith travel through their communities to its final resting place over a 456-foot-long negative space formed by a concrete slot.

Levitated Mass is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture, bringing together the art community, public officials, and the general population to debate the merits and pitfalls of a giant stone suspended above their heads. What if it falls on someone? The idea of stability had to be taken into serious consideration. What is interesting is how simple of a concept the piece is but how much complexity goes into creating it, transporting it without damaging it, and finally suspending it so that it is safe are some of the focuses on the film.

Sound and Picture on the disc are standard for the DVD format with a standard definition image and the option of a standard, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo or a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that is fine for a film of this caliber. As always, a Blu-ray release would be beneficial.

Extras on the disc include:

Short Films: The Rig

The Public Response

The Artwork about Michael Heizer


About the Filmmakers

The film is sharply directed and edited and is a great piece for artists (or inspiring ones) and will hopefully inspire you!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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