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Memphis Rock Stars Create Cleverly Painted Stones

A local teacher and a nurse have become "rock" stars in no time. All because of some cleverly painted stones planted in corners of trees and buil...
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A teacher and a nurse have become “rock” stars in no time.

All because of some cleverly painted stones planted in corners of trees and buildings across the city.

Nurse and mother, Lisa Dawson and Amy McSpadden, head up 901 Rocks.

Dawson and McSpadden have inspired people to paint small rocks with pictures and positive messages, place them in outdoor spaces and post clues on social media about where to find them.

Dawson and McSpadden both consider this accessible public art that anybody can take part in and spread around.

What started as a social media conversation between five people has grown into a Facebook group of about 2,400 in a few short weeks of people painting and planting rocks around the 901.

The two creators are shocked at the interest in the rocks.

“At first, it was actually more adults, just adults, getting it started and we’re seeing more families jump aboard,” said Lawson.

“I don’t think I’ve gotten over that either, and I text Lisa or send her a message two or three times a day going, ‘how is this happening? What is going on? This is crazy,’” said McSpadden. “It’s unbelievable, truly, because we started off on a NextDoor app with maybe five people in a conversation and now we’ve just hit 2,400 in two weeks, maybe three.”

The women have lost count but figure 200 rocks have been planted mostly around Midtown.

A 901 Rock It Launch is planned for September 1st.