Gallery: Add Painted Rocks to Detroit Historical Museum's Covid-19 Memorial Garden

June 16, 2020, 1:15 PM by  Allan Lengel

The Detroit Historical Museum has created a Covid-19 Memorial Garden with painted rocks to commemorate the loss of loved ones and to celebrate life.

Over the summer, people can contribute by painting a rock or two and adding at any time to the collection in front of the museum's Legends Plaza at Woodward and Kirby in Midtown. 

When the garden closes after Labor Day, some stones will be added to the Detroit Historical Society’s permanent collection as artifacts from this era.

Tips from the museum for decorating a memorial rock:

  • Pick a rock. Any shape, any size. Just make sure you can carry it.

  • Wash your rock thoroughly and let it dry fully. Drying will require some time because rocks are porous, so overnight works well.

  • Choose paint. Avoid watercolor or poster paint, which will be washed away by the elements. House paint is great. Spray paint works. Acrylics are good. Oils work, but dry slowly. Even a sharpie is fine if you have a light-color rock.









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