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20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

By Eve Weston and Zachary Pincus-Roth

At the recent opening of Levitated Mass, better known as the "LACMA Rock," the sculpture was heralded as a new landmark for Los Angeles -- like the Washington Monument in D.C. or the ancient obelisks in Egypt.

Such landmarks are feats of human engineering and marks of civic pride but, more importantly, they are things in front of which tourists take photos. And within minutes of the ribbon-cutting, the rock was initiated into this grand, gigabyte-draining tradition.

Visitors quickly discovered the "I'm holding up the rock" pose, which consists of putting your hands up in the air raise-the-roof style and having your photographer squat to alter the perspective and make it seem like the rock is resting in your palms. Two weeks later, the pose is already a classic, destined to take its place alongside other legendary L.A. photo poses, like putting your hands in Jennifer Aniston's handprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater, or standing in front of the silver robot impersonator at Venice Beach.

But for a 340-ton rock, one pose hardly seems enough. After all, something this massive merits more than just a wall post -- it deserves an entire Facebook photo album.

But how to fill it? Here are 20 other soon-to-be-classic LACMA Rock poses.

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

20. The Hacky Sack

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Eve Weston

19. The Globetrotter

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

18. The Water Jug

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

17. The Beckham

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Eve Weston

16. The Shot Put

 

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

15. The "Put a Ring on It"

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock

14. The Engaged Ballerina

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Eve Weston and Zachary Pincus-Roth

13. The Trained Seal

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock

12. The Annoying Couple

 

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

11. The Sisyphus

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Eve Weston

10. The Atlas

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

9. The Hunchback of Notre-LACMA

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

8. Gulliver's Gravel

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

7. The Tip of my Tongue (aka The Rubblelingus)

 

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Eve Weston

6. The Cirque du So Heavy

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

5. The Rocky Road

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Eve Weston

4. "I'm Crushing Your Head, Rock"

 

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

3. Rock Like an Egyptian

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Eve Weston

2. Levitated Ass (aka Using the LACMAtory, aka Michael Heizer's Revenge)

20 Ways to Pose for Photos at the LACMA Rock
Zachary Pincus-Roth

1. Rock Hard Abbs

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