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615 Rocks Carry a Meaningful Message in Music City
by Rich and Laura Lynch
Well, they weren't the first painted mineral we've discovered in Mid-Tenn. But, on October 2, 2020 we encountered the most "615 Rocks" we have ever seen in one place when around a dozen colorful stones were observed slyly placed in the shady trees of the Anderson Road Greenway in Nashville.
"Be Kind" is a much needed message in these frightful and fractious days.
This particular group of stones all carried a series of messages that were drawn straight from the headlines of the disturbing calendar year that we have all been experiencing both locally and globally. That doesn't mean they painted a gloomy picture. One reminded finders to "Be Kind" while another proposed the locator to "Bark Less and Wag More".
Still, several placed among the branches on the shore of the Piercy Priest Lake contained social statements like "Black Lives Matter" and "Wear Your Mask". We left all the 615 Rocks we saw on this day to be found by other hikers and that is something that the organizers of this grass roots movement recommend as common practice. Their goal is simply stated - "Have fun creating art and then bring joy to someone else by sharing it. Use this to brighten someone's day, send a needed message, or just to spread joy. Join us and have some fun!"
It's simple to join the club of rock painters in Nashville. The 615 Rocks Facebook Group says - "What should you paint? Anything goes! Paint something on your rock or paint your rock because it's shape inspires you. Just don't forget to seal it or it may not stay lovely for long. If you find an art rock, take a picture and share it with us here. You may either keep it or re-hide the rock!"
615 Rocks can carry a message of social importance as this batch did in the Fall of 2020.
For more information on 615 ROCKS and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links -
615 Rocks Facebook Group