Brian Cox photo

With temperatures flirting with 70 degrees, accompanied by bright sunshine, scores of Evanstonians and others trekked to the Northwestern University lakefill Saturday, where they were greeted by hundreds of rocks with loving sentiments painted upon them.

These sentiments have been immortalized into a book, Painted on This Rock Forever in Love, by Evanston photographer and freelance writer Brian L. Cox, president and founder of Two Worlds Productions Inc., a small independent film and publishing company.

With temperatures flirting with 70 degrees, accompanied by bright sunshine, scores of Evanstonians and others trekked to the Northwestern University lakefill Saturday, where they were greeted by hundreds of rocks with loving sentiments painted upon them.

These sentiments have been immortalized into a book, Painted on This Rock Forever in Love, by Evanston photographer and freelance writer Brian L. Cox, president and founder of Two Worlds Productions Inc., a small independent film and publishing company.

“I often biked along the lakefront and wondered about them,” Cox said. So he grabbed his trusty camera and photographed them for the 110-page book that includes some 170 images. As he collected the photos, he noted that they encompassed five different languages. He assumes that most of the painting was done by Northwestern students over the years and that the “authors” of these rocks are now scattered around the world. The last image in the book contains the “title” rock that reads “painted on this rock forever in love.”

Cox, whose byline frequently appears in the Chicago Tribune, is hoping that some of his readers will see their artwork in the book and will email him with their story about the sentiments expressed.

You can see more images from the book on the website, www.nurockart.com. 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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