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1 dad, 6 kids and 1,000 painted rocks

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Meet the characters from the awe inspiring family project ‘Rock Around’. The brainchild of US based children’s book author and illustrator, Aaron Zenz. The ambitious idea saw him and his troop of kids (6 of them between the ages of 6 and 18) collect 1,000 stones, pebbles or rocks, paint them in an assortment of vibrant colours and bring them to life by giving every single stone its own face!

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The origin of the idea came six years ago, after watching Banksy’s documentary Exit Through the Giftshop, during which his ten year old daughter adamantly declared she was going to be a street artist!

Not wanting to squash this enthusiasm, nor encourage vandalism Aaron suggested instead that they collect some rocks, paint them with crazy faces and hide them around their home town. They started small, painting just 40 rocks. They then moved on to sticks and leaves, before returning to rocks and deciding to up the scale of the project to ‘epic’ proportions.

A year later they had amassed 1,000 rocks all painted in pairs, as twins, and hidden around Grand Rapids, Michigan. Aaron kept a record of the project through his blog, and has subsequently received hundreds-of-thousands of views worldwide and inspired others to do similar guerilla artworks.

500 of the colourful characters were gathered outside the Children’s Museum in a massive sprawling and kaleidoscopic display as part of ArtPrize. Whilst their twins were stealthily tucked into random locations around the city, delighting and surprising passersby.

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RockAround_Dads-And-Design_10RockAround_Dads-And-Design_12Spotters of the rocks are sharing their discoveries on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RockAroundGR.

You can vote for Rock Around on the ArtPrize website here and follow them on twitter.

All images provided with thanks by Aaron Zenz.

 

Posted by Adam Bowie
30 September 2016

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D.A.D is a blog for Dads;

Dads who have a passion for design.

Dads who champion independent, entreprenurial spirit.

Dads who are continually inspired by their kids.

Dads whose way of working has changed since the arrival of children.

Dads who can’t remember what they used to do with all their spare time.

Dads who are juggling deadlines with bedtimes.

Dads whose coffee consumption has gone through the roof.

And dads who need a bit of reassuring that they’re not alone.

 

Who’s the daddy?

Kyn Taylor

One boy. Leo (6). One girl. Emmi (4)
Designer

Cai Taylor

One girl. Carys (3). One boy. Hayden (2)
Designer

Adam Bowie

Two girls. Miller (4) and Neva (10 months)
Designer

Jamie Ellul

One boy. (6). One girl. (3)
Designer

Scott Lambert

Three girls. Avery and Blythe (5), Belle (7)
Designer. Illustrator. Worder.

Jon Cockley

Three kids. (6, 4 and 1)
Co-Founder of illustration agency Handsome Frank

Mark Ecob

One boy. Joseph (5). One girl. Ella (2)
Book Cover Designer

Ryan Dixon


Anna Richardson Taylor


Matt Baxter


Andrew Smallwood


Vinh Nguyen


Xander Veldhuijzen

Two boys. (10 and 7.5). One girl. (5)
Dutch Design and Web Geek

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