15 Bytes | 2002 | Public Issues | Visual Arts

What Ever Happened to that Rock?

Rock-PosterIn the May issue of 15 BYTES we reported on Painted Rock, the slab of granite turned billboard-populist art which was causing so many problems in the small community of Granite, Utah after it was buried by a local developer.  After a second city council meeting and a second survey, UDOT has reversed its decision to have the rock exhumed.  Proposals to have the rock moved to a different location have also gone unanswered.  Painted Rock has yet to rest peacefully, however.  The second survey has raised a number of questions in a community which refuses to let the isue fade away.  During the local July 4th parade T-shirts and posters in favor of the rock were sold and two parade entries dealt with the rock in a favorable light.  To learn more about the controversies surrounding the rock, read local resident Allen Bishop’s letter to the Deseret News.
For more insight read Judith Burton’s commentary on Painted Rock here.

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