MORE than a thousand painted rocks were placed in the shape of a giant heart near the Urangan Pier this morning, as local rock painters took part in the global ‘Paint a Rock, Hide a Rock Day.’
All the rocks were painted blue and featured a red heart on the top.
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Founder of the Hervey Bay Rocks Facebook group, Andrea Aikenhead said the international rock painting celebration was all about spreading joy and putting smiles on people’s faces.
Andrea said Hervey Bay participants had painted around 1,039 rocks.
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The rocks were placed in the shape of a giant heart before being hidden across Hervey Bay. People who find the rocks are encouraged to take photos of them share them on social media – before either keeping or rehiding for someone else to find.
This year was the fourth edition of the global ‘Paint a Rock, Hide a Rock Day’ and the third time Hervey Bay Rocks had taken part.
“As a local group, we’ve just turned three-years-old,” said Andrea.
“Days like today are great for our members to get out and chat. A lot of friendships have been made since the group started.”
She said Hervey Bay Rocks was helping place the town on the map within rock painting circles.
Rock painters from across the world will look at the different groups’ efforts on social media in the coming days.
“We live in such a beautiful part of the world, it’s great that people will get to see it,” said Andrea.
“Many people get involved in rock painting as a hobby but it’s also really therapeutic and gets people out walking when they are hiding them.”
Andrea encouraged people to get involved by either painting and hiding their own rocks or taking photos of the ones they find and sharing them on social media.
Have you found a painted rock on the Fraser Coast? Let us know how it made you feel when you first discovered what the group was all about in the comments section below.
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