Pueblo artist uses 'Kindness Rocks' as form of public protest

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The Kindness Rocks Project made a local splash last year, with the group 719 Rocks inspiring the public to spread brightly colored stones throughout the area code. The goal was to get people to paint rocks with beautiful pictures or inspirational sayings, and to spread a little kindness by placing them randomly in public places.

Now, a Pueblo artist who preferred to remain anonymous has built on the concept, turning these rocks into a form of protest.

They have decorated a series of stones with the phrase: “If true for you, shout it out — #metoo,” or sometimes simply “#metoo,” using the popular hashtag meant to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment.

“Here’s what I envision just in my artist imagination,” they said, “somebody looks at it, and it is true for them, and they say it out loud — because it says ‘shout it out’ — they shout ‘hashtag me, too!” ... That’s my idea of a participation art piece.”

Right now, the artist is unsure if they will create more of these rocks, but they hope others may participate in the project. “What I’m doing is putting [a rock] out there that says this is a public forum. You’re welcome to shout it out, talk to the person next to you, [or] acknowledge it to yourself for the first time ever...”

See some of the rocks below:


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