LA's latest art project is 340 tons and rock solid

By JOHN ROGERS | October 2, 2011 | 11:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Turns out King Sisyphus had little on the folks at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was the guy who spent eternity pushing a giant rock up a hill.

In modern-day reality, LA's largest museum has spent months — and millions of dollars — trying to get a 340-ton boulder from a quarry in Riverside to Los Angeles.

Because of its size and weight, it will be a slow, complicated journey that could take 10 days or more.

When it arrives at the museum, the rock will become the centerpiece of "Levitated Mass," earth artist Michael Heizer's latest creation.

The two-story chunk of granite will appear to hover over people as they walk underneath it.