levitated mass

michael heizer is an american contemporary artist started creating large-scale sculptures and land art in the late 1960s. 

in 2006, he ran into a giant piece of rock (340 tons) at a stone valley quarry in riverside county california. 

the transportation of the boulder to lacma took 11 days and the cost of the whole project reached up to $10 million. 

the huge vehicle carrying the boulder passed four counties and 22 cities—trees were cut down, cars were towed and some of the traffic lights were removed to help the transporter move. 

hundreds of people were waiting to see the installation arriving and the journey took more attention than the artwork itself.

heizer never gave a public speech about his work but he emphasized the importance of the size and its longevity which is meant to last about 3.500 years.

all white, all gone

in 2015, french installation artist vincent lamouroux was commissioned by “please do not enter” to cover a forgotten landmark in los angeles all in white.

for projection la, he sprayed the whole structure with ecologically safe white paint—from the trees surrounding it to the windows, from the signboards to the stairs.

white has been chosen as the main color to create a disappearing, ghostly look. 

the purpose was to draw attention to the demolition of the hotel which is soon to be turned into a mixed-use space for retailers, parking lots and restaurants.

“please do not enter” is a well-known retail store and a cultural destination curating events, contemporary art projects and public installations. 

their “please do not enter” logo was placed on the white surface, creating a conflicting effect by looking like a “no entry” sign for the ones who don’t know about the team and the idea behind the project. 

"cradle" by ball-nogues

"cradle" installation was assembled in 2010 to the façade of a parking structure designed by frank gehry.

los angeles based practise ball-nogues’s huge structure measures around 11 meters wide and 10 meters height. the studio merging the practises like architecture, art and industrial design is famous with their public installations that creates physical engagements. 

“cradle" consists mirror polished spheres placed side by side to hold each other and gets its inspiration from the famous toy—newton's cradle.

sun lake drugs

sun lake drugs is an 100 years old pharmacy located at the intersection of sunset and silver lake boulevards—one of the most central points of los angeles. 

the other day, after a car went through the window of the pharmacy, city hall had the excuse to drove it out of business. but the rising rents along sunset boulevard and stiff competition from much larger chain stores are the covered reasons lying behind this operation, which means that this is the end of an era for silver lake neighborhood. 

sun lake drugs, the pharmacy giving cheaper and wider options to the locals, has been also a part of the citywide installation project "richard artschwager!”.

richard artschwager’s “blps”— the pill shaped black marks in the forms of sculptures, paintings, photographs or prints — were born in 60’s, and he placed them all the “unnoticed” places in the cities from streets to buildings, subways to stairwells.

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photo credit:   LAND

photo credit: LAND

after his death in 2013, hammer museum and LAND presented an exhibition in the name of artschwager’s "blps", and selected a number of sites throughout los angeles to paste printed "blps"— from union station to santa monica pier, from venice skate park to sun lake drugs.