Rock around the clock

Fam­i­lies flocked to The Square on Satur­day to add their painted Palmy Rocks to the gi­ant koru de­sign and have fun at the Rhythm ‘n’ Rocks event.

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

A gi­ant koru cre­ated out of painted rocks was done to see just how many colour­ful cre­ations there might be in Palmer­ston North.

Fam­i­lies flocked to The Square on Satur­day to add their painted rocks to the gi­ant de­sign and have fun at the Rhythm ‘n’ Rocks event.

Heather Knox said the idea came about be­cause Palmy Rocks had been around for more than a year, but they had no idea how many of their rocks were out there.

’’As a group, we have tried to get them all to­gether.’’

With painted peb­bles placed in pub­lic parks and around town, Palmy Rocks started as a way to en­cour­age peo­ple to get out­side and ex­plore.

Thou­sands of rocks were out on dis­play on Satur­day and Knox said they had no idea how many to ex­pect when they or­gan­ised the event.

They had pre­vi­ously done an event in Au­gust, the We Are One photo ex­hi­bi­tion, which had a pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to it, so they de­cided to hold Rhythm ‘n’ Rocks as a fol­low to that.

Knox said the rocks they had re­ceived would be put back into city parks and re­serves dur­ing Novem­ber and De­cem­ber to en­sure the hid­ing and hunt­ing con­tin­ued through sum­mer.

Jonathan Kan was down at the event and said he de­cided to head down and check out all the rocks as he had heard a lot about it.

‘‘I wanted to put some of my own ones in there.’’

He was an artist and said the event was good to en­cour­age art in the com­mu­nity.

Alis­tair Cameron said he came down to have some fun in the sun.

Cameron was en­joy­ing see­ing all the dif­fer­ent rocks peo­ple had cre­ated.

‘‘All the dif­fer­ent colours of the rocks and lit­tle say­ings that they have.’’

One of his favourite rocks was painted with the say­ing ‘‘be­hind ev­ery end­ing is a new be­gin­ning’’.

He also liked the Es­planade Rail­way rock. ‘‘That would be hard to beat.’’ But they were all unique in their own way.

He thought the idea to hold an event like this was fan­tas­tic and cre­ated great com­mu­nity spirit.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

Palmy Rocks, their painters and hunters all con­verged on The Square in Palmer­ston North on Satur­day.

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