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Painting and hiding rocks is a “random act of kindness” with a global impact

Painting and hiding rocks

Key Takeaways:

  • The response to his painted rocks has left one Halifax artist ‘overwhelmed.’
  • You’re walking through the woods when you notice something bright out of the corner of your eye.

There is a friendly note hidden in the crook of a tree or under a bush, and often on the back: “Share your thoughts on Halifax Rocks on Facebook. Keep it or re-hide it.”

“Raling” painting, hiding, and finding rocks is a “random act of kindness, a gift to a stranger to keep or re-hide,” according to the Halifax Rocks page. The Facebook group has grown from a dozen founder Ivan Graham’s friends and family to over 17,000 members in just a few years.

“I’m not an artist by any means,” he admitted, “but I thought I could do that and certainly set up the Facebook group.” “They’re all over the place,” he said. “They’re popular in the United States and Europe. We’ve had contact with groups in Switzerland, and some people here used to go to the Caribbean and leave rocks there, which were discovered by people in Europe and taken back to Scotland, England, Germany, or wherever.”

Ross Lawrence’s artwork, which he creates while working as a residential counselor for Metro Community Housing during the day, has become popular among rock collectors in the Halifax area.

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“I kind of thought it’d be fun to do a Woody rock and put that out there and see what people thought,” he explained.

A swarm of eager searchers followed after posting on the Halifax Rocks page that he was heading to Shubie Park in Dartmouth to hide his creations. It’s sometimes just a matter of timing. The timing was perfect for Diane Smith and her seven-year-old daughter, Serena.

“The people who painted it [the Woody rock] were standing nearby, and I asked mommy if we could take the rock, and they heard me and said yes,” Serena explained. Smith stated that it was her daughter’s first encounter with Woody.

For those who don’t know, Woody the talking Christmas tree entertained and terrified children at Dartmouth’s Mic Mac Mall for more than 25 years before retiring in 2007. Last week, the Hali-famous tree reappeared, looking as if he’d had a facelift, Botox, and lash extensions.

Source: CBC News

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