My Canada ROCKS project has in­ter­na­tional reach

Rocks found as far away as Dis­ney World, the Isle of Skye and Rock of Cashel

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - SARA ERIC­S­SON

What be­gan as a Canada 150 art project has be­come a move­ment of rocks covered with Cana­dian flag mo­tifs trav­el­ling to dif­fer­ent lawns and gar­dens and pub­lic spaces around the world.

And rock painter and de­signer An­gela White­ley is pretty happy about it.

My Canada ROCKS! is the name of the Face­book group she cre­ated to ac­com­pany and doc­u­ment each rock’s ad­ven­tures.

It’s been a busier- than- ex­pected sum­mer.

“It’s won­der­ful, there’s still mo­men­tum. Of course it’s not as busy as it was at the be­gin­ning, but the rocks are re­ally trav­el­ling now,” said White­ley. “I love the fact that this has be­come such a move­ment.”

In ad­di­tion to their unique and abstract Cana­dian flag de­signs, each rock fea­tures an in­scrip­tion on its un­der­side read­ing, “Keep me or hide me, but please take a pic and post on our FB page ‘My Canada Rocks!’ with where you took it. Thanks for keep­ing this project go­ing, An­gela W.”


Rocks have been posted to the group’s page found in the Isle of Skye in Scot­land, Stone­henge, Buck­ing­ham Palace, the Dean Gar­dens in Ed­in­burgh, along the West Coast Trail in Bri­tish Columbia and Walt Dis­ney World theme park in Florida.

“These rocks first travel to these places through friends of friends of friends of mine. We’ve got a little net­work go­ing,” said White­ley. “Af­ter that, the idea is that we won’t know where they end up un­til some­one makes a post to the Face­book group.”

One of White­ley’s Amer­i­can friends is a sound­man and has been tak­ing a rock to his var­i­ous gigs, which have in­cluded a Dal­las Cow­boys event and a Justin Tim­ber­lake per­for­mance.

“That’s pretty cool to know my little rocks get rep­re­sented in that way,” said White­ley.

In ad­di­tion to find­ing rocks, a smaller part of the group was also de­voted to peo­ple paint­ing their own rocks and shar­ing their lo­ca­tions as well.

One such rock was pho­tographed by its painter at Grand Cen­tral Station in New York City.

White­ley will soon travel to Toronto and is bring­ing more rocks with her to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

“I’m sure there will be rocks around the CN Tower and Casa Loma,” she said with a laugh.

Post­cards fea­tur­ing artis­tic shots of the rocks are now avail­able at Sis­si­boo Land­ing, White­ley’s Beau­ti­ful You Day Spa and the Saulnierville Dis­count Store.

“I still get stopped all the time by peo­ple ask­ing about this project. So many peo­ple are in­ter- ested in it,” she said.

“It’s neat hav­ing the Cana­dian flag dis­persed around the world.”


An­gela White­ley paints her My Canada ROCKS rocks, which are now dis­persed across the coun­try and around the United King­dom, Ire­land and the United States.


In a photo from the Face­book group, a rock is held in front of a ru­ined mansion at Cashel in County Clare, Ire­land.


An­gela White­ley holds one of her rocks on its first flight away from Nova Sco­tia en route to Ot­tawa.

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