Freedom Rock being painted at Veterans Park

Artist Bubba Sorensen (pictured) paints the American flag on the Freedom Rock at the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park in Chariton this past Thursday afternoon. He started putting the primer on the rock on Tuesday, July 21, and said it will be completed by the middle of this week. (Bill Howes photo)

The painting of the Freedom Rock in the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park in Chariton began last week and is nearing completion. The artist painting the rock, Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II of Greenfield, Iowa, began painting the rock on Tuesday, July 21, and he said that it should be all completed by the middle of this week.

The Veterans Memorial Park in Chariton is located where the old law center used to be at 923 Linden Avenue.

Sorensen put primer on the Freedom Rock in Chariton on July 21. He is using all or only silicate paint on the Freedom Rock and he is painting images of veterans of different wars on it including the Civil War, World War II, Korean War or Conflict, and Mogadishu or Black Hawk Down.

Sorensen’s goal is to be unique and tell area/state specific stories on each Freedom Rock he paints. “I like to tell specific veteran’s stories,” Sorensen said.

Sorensen paints the Freedom Rock for 8-10 hours to 12-14 hours a day. He explained how he paints each Freedom Rock.

“I just work layer by layer each day and work on different sides of the rock until it’s done. I don’t finish any one thing right off the bat. Every day it looks a little better and sharper and I just keep adding layers until I feel like it’s done,” Sorensen said.

Sorensen is painting the American flag over the top of the Freedom Rock in Chariton and an eagle on the side of the rock facing Linden Avenue to the south. A canopy is placed over the Freedom Rock to shield it when it rains and so Sorensen can keep on working in adverse weather.

The Freedom Rock in Chariton is the 90th one Sorensen has painted in Iowa. “I’m trying to do at least one Freedom Rock in all 50 states and so far, I’ve done seven outside of Iowa,” Sorensen said.

So far, Sorensen has completed Freedom Rocks in Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington state. He currently has Freedom Rocks booked in North Dakota and Nebraska.

Read the July 28, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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