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Rock Around

Aaron Zenz's avatar Aaron Zenz
    2016 3rd place

The artwork here is not any individual rocks, but rather the larger whole: this interactive art experience is made up of the entire concept, collection, assembly, dispersion, and immersive public participation. Over the course of a full year I collected and painted over 1,000 rocks. I painted them 7 solid base colors, representing myself and my children. I invited these family members to fill the rocks with faces, all in matching pairs. I took half of the rocks, 500, and arranged them outside the museum in a sprawling display, creating a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and patterns. I took the matching 500 rocks and hid them all over Grand Rapids in random locations. As you move around ArtPrize, keep your eyes open to see how many you spot! You will notice details of GR streets like never before. When you spot a rock, leave it where it is and snap a photo. View and share photo discoveries on social media with the hashtag #RockAroundGR to get the complete community building experience.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: varied
  • Medium: painted rocks
  • Width: varied
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: ---