Armed with a Sharpie and rocks, this guy is lifting people’s spirits every day.
In the wake of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, the St. Louis area has a reputation for being a segregated hot bed of neighbor-against-neighbor rage. That’s what we’ve seen on the news.
But what if you were there?
You’d get to see how people actually live every day. You’d see neighbors of all kinds talking together, playing together, and helping each other out.
That’s exactly what artist Bryan Payne is doing — and he’s showing us we’re all connected.
Bryan is the guy behind a unique treasure-hunting project: Doodlestones.
“This constant impulse to want to connect. I feel like everyone’s got this,” Bryan says.
So what, exactly, are Doodlestones?
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Bryan is an artist and amateur urban archaeologist and treasure hunter, and he’s putting his passions to use by creating small stones decorated with friendly faces. He hides them in places where people cross paths as a way to help make his town a friendlier, kinder place. By geotagging and using location clues in the images he posts on Facebook and Instagram, he leaves behind a trail of tiny, happy artworks.