Documentary Screening: Levitated Mass

Documentary Screening: Levitated Mass
April 05, 2016 7:30 PM

Levitated Mass
By Doug Pray

Tuesday, April 5 • Free • 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
the CenterStage – RCC Hunters Woods

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA

Levitated Mass is the story of a rock star; the artist behind the sensation; 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.

This movie is presented by Reston Community Center in collaboration with the Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR). IPAR seeks to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston. Thanks to RCC’s support, IPAR developed this documentary film series to present exceptional public art projects. Visually stimulating and thought-provoking, the movies are shown to foster a community conversation about public art.


This event is part of Founder’s Week. Please visit our Founder’s Week page for a full schedule of events.

Photo Courtesy of First Run Features ©Doug Pray

  • Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz, RCC Director of Arts and Events
  • Phone: 703-390-6167