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For our first Family Street Art outing, the three oldest kids and Dad painted around 40 rocks and hid them all over town.
For our second time out, we painted around 40 sticks and scattered them.
For our third project we painted around 40 leaves and did the same.
For our most recent Family Street Art project, we took things to epic proportions! Over the course of a full year, all six kids and Dad have been painting over 1,000 rocks. YES! 1,000. Not only that, we painted them all in matching pairs. Here are a few of the sets to give you an idea:
Right now, one rock from each pair is at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, gathered all together in a giant, sprawling display – a full kaleidoscope of colors and shapes and wild faces:
Now the fun part! Remember that all 500 rocks there at the museum have identical matching twin rock counterparts? We took these other 500 matching rocks and hid them all over the city of Grand Rapids in random locations for a GIANT community game of “I Spy” during the world’s largest art competition, ArtPrize.
When people wander the streets of Grand Rapids during ArtPrize, they can be on the lookout for the hidden rocks. How many will they spot during the day? Who in their party has the fastest eyes? We're instructing folks that when they spot a rock during ArtPrize, they leave it where it's at and snap a photo. Then they can share photos on social media sites with the hashtag #RockAroundGR There is a wonderful growing community of families playing along in this giant interactive art game!
You can see the photos that the community is taking on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.
And you can see some of our own documented photos below:
So that's the ArtPrize entry! We had a wonderful time painting together, hiding the rocks out and about, and now seeing the public interact with it all. And because this is not just a painting to be viewed, but rather a far-reaching creation to be 'experienced,' the entire community is a crucial element to all this. Rocks hidden in the nooks of trees are one thing. But this all becomes a work of interactive art when a 5-year-old we've never met before races around the city jumping and shouting "There's one! There's one!" It's not just Dad, it's not just the family -- it's the whole city that turns this idea into a work of art - every family, school class, toddler, businessman, and grandma is a collaborator in this ArtPrize entry. And that's been really fun to watch. We're done painting. It's out of our hands. And now the community takes it and makes it into something even more special.
You can visit the "Rock Around" ArtPrize entry page here: Rock Around