Two weekends ago at the Retro Revival, our writers congregated in Hillsborough to discuss a local phenomenon aimed at bringing members of the community closer together. The concept, ‘Hillsborough Rocks!’ is an ongoing state of hide and seek played by colorfully decorated rocks placed around public areas of the town. It’s a playful little reminder that we all live and create art in this darling little corner of the world. This theme is revived from a previous concept though: we compared the rocks to a good old-fashioned lawn flamingo flock!
Hillsborough Rocks isn’t the only arts-n-craftsy community glue of its kind- many towns in the locality and across the country are participating. It’s an odd little pleasantry, really. Much like the happy staples of the midcentury’s residential landscapes, these flamingoes were placed around town to promote congregations, emphasize togetherness, and remind everyone of the symbol of the flamingo itself: don’t worry, be happy. The best way to keep track of these artfully decorated stones is to watch on Facebook pages pertinent to your town. It’s easy to begin and more fun to watch others get started, pick up a paintbrush, and colorize the township, one rock at a time.
It was quite an adventure into the arts for us two, but we are grateful for the results. These feathery fancies aren’t quite so feathery- Among them are tiny silhouettes, minimalist styles, and inverted colors, all flocking together for a grand total of 8 unique flamingo-inspired designs. Can you find all the members of the rock flock? If you can find one of our Hillsborough rocks, be sure to post a photo of it on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/retrorevivalist before you re-hide it!
Stay Curious and thanks for playing!