Friday, October 9, 2009

On The Flip Side

There are two sides to every story.
Yesterday I wrote about the horrors that some teens are capable of.
Today I'm sharing the flip side of that story.

Maybe it was fate, karma or whatever you want to call it, but when I got this in my email today, I knew I had to share it with you.


There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy 25 in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times.

A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed. It's quite an impressive sight. Be sure to scroll down and check out the multiple photos. (all angles) of the rock. I thought the flag was draped over the rock, but it's not. It's actually painted on the rock too.


Here's the artist: Ray ' Bubba ' Sorensen.
Congrats Bubba. You have redeemed my faith in teens.

18 comments:

Bill Stankus said...

The kid's got a future and the rock will probably become a re-defined local landmark.

Joanie M said...

I've seen this before. Very impressive!

Mrs. Holly Hall said...

WOW!

Sassy Britches said...

Ohmigosh. SUCH a 180 from yesterday! It does give one hope for our future, doesn't it?

TROLL Y2K said...

Very impressive work.

Meghan said...

Wow, that painting is exquisite.

Cora said...

Oh my goodness. That is absolutely incredible!! I wonder how long it took him to complete it?

SkylersDad said...

I have seen this, and am so impressed nobody has vandalized it yet!

Scott Oglesby said...

Wow, I’ve never seen anyone take my advice so quickly or thoroughly. Just kidding. That is touching and beautiful with amazing artwork. It’s focusing on the positive!! I hope you have a great weekend! I know I will, the Fountain of Wine fiesta started today!! Free wine, food, and beer for all!!

madtexter said...

That is COOL! (And, honestly, I'm getting a little teary-eyed.) It's always great when a teenager restores your faith in civic pride.

Elenka said...

I am soooo glad that people are leaving it alone.
How upsetting it would be if someone defaces that magnificent piece of work.

Slyde said...

wow.. thats awesome!

Knucklehead said...

Awesome. Not only the artwork, but the inspiration.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Respect! So nice to see these days.

Furtheron said...

good for a good news story about a teen to get press... too often it's the mindless minority that blind us to the goodness of the majority

Wil said...

I've gotten this like 437 times on email but it still impresses every time.

Wil Harrison.com

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Big ups to an artist named Bubba. Do you think there will ever be some rich coulple having a cocktail party in their posh apartment saying, "Do you like the painting? It's an original Bubba."

My GF hails from Iowa and went to Iowa state. I wonder if she knows bubba . . .

Waltsense.com said...

to awesome!