What started with a few cans of paint and one big rock may soon change the landscape nationwide.
Greenfield artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II first painted his now-famous “Freedom Rock” in 1999, transforming a graffiti-covered boulder near Menlo into a tribute to U.S. military veterans and their families. Every year since, in time for Memorial Day, he has re-painted the 90-ton rock with a new patriotic design. Sometimes he mixes ashes from deceased vets right into the paint.
Thousands of visitors pull off Interstate 80, at Exit 86, and turn south to see Sorensen’s handiwork each year.