Alice Brock’s Painted Beach Stones DIY + Guerilla Action

Alice Brock is “Alice” of “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie’s iconic anti-war song of the 60’s. We discovered that she forages stones on the beaches around Provincetown, draws on them and leaves them in unexpected places: a perfect guerilla practice for the end of summer.

Alice Brock

Alice Brock

Write Alice:

I began drawing on beach stones many years ago. Right away I knew I was going to put some of them back on the beach. I imagined somebody walking along the seashore just daydreaming and looking at stones. And there’s a stone looking back! That vision really tickled me, and it still does.

When I moved to Provincetown, I was in heaven. So many stones…and so much time. Pretty soon I was putting my stones all over the place.

I put them on the shelves in the A&P and in sugar bowls. I leave them along the bike trails, drop them into coat pockets and put them on fence posts.

My friends have helped me to spread these stones around the world. Some have been placed in famous museums like the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hermitage and the Tate. One was carried to the top of Mount McKinley, others are at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. One was tossed over the Great Wall of China. Any number may be found on beaches in Alaska, New Zealand and Venezuela.

I’d like to think that coming upon one of these stones will cause an involuntary flight of fancy.

Alice Brock

Alice Brock



Alice Brock

Alice Brock

There are all sorts of patterns you can paint on stones. Here are beauties Max Ernst created….

Max Ernst painted carved stones

…There’s a trove of painted stones here, to make, hold on to, or leave, guerilla-style, for someone to discover…

3 Responses to Alice Brock’s Painted Beach Stones DIY + Guerilla Action

  1. Naomi 09.21.2016 at 6:14am #

    hi the trove of information link is not working! Can you help?

  2. Sally Schneider 09.21.2016 at 8:42am #

    Hi. I’m sorry about the broken link. It’s fixed now.

  3. susan dworski 09.21.2016 at 3:46pm #

    That reminds me of a time when the children were little and we lived on a wild beach.

    I used to take a handful of those chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil and place them

    secretly in cracks between rocks near tidepools and in depressions in the sand for

    them to discover during our beach combing walks. Sweet pirate’s treasure!

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