My Canada ROCKS project has international reach
Rocks found as far away as Disney World, the Isle of Skye and Rock of Cashel
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.