Stumbling upon a colourful rock or pebble while exploring the beauty of Cape Town’s nature may seem like a wonderful thing to come across, but this little reminder to remain hopeful (especially during these times of uncertainty) may have a devasting ecological effect on the environment.
The meaning behind these painted rocks
There’s nothing wrong with advocating for more love and kindness in this world because sometimes we need a little reminder. While you’ve probably crossed paths with a few painted rocks while enjoying an invigorating walk in nature, do you know the meaning behind these colourful natural trinkets?
According to the Facebook Group, Cape Town Rocks, the goal is to encourage creativity and inspire hope and kindness. Most of these rocks will be painted in all shades of the rainbow and offer an inspiring message from the creator you can find at the back. If you happen to come across one of these rocks, you’re encouraged to take the rock home with you, snap a picture or share a rock of your own.
The environmental problem
While the intention behind these colourful rocks is inspiriting, the Table Mountain National Park management is asking all visitors to please refrain from crafting graffiti images, rock packing, as well as rock painting.
“Not only is this not allowed, but it is also illegal as it takes away the aesthetic of the natural essence of the National Park,” says SANParks.
According to SANParks, if inspiring hope and kindness through the placement of these rocks are your intentions, they urge you to do so in public spaces. These include residential parks, dog parks or anything outside of spaces that are classified as protected areas.
Picture: Facebook / SANParks – Table Mountain National Park