In early June, local artist Kerri Rosenstein installed an exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum of 23,024 stones she collected over the course of a year. The number of stones represented the days of her father's life and she colored the stones in an organic rose paint to represent the literal meaning of her name. Throughout the exhibit, Rosenstein encouraged people to take a stone and redistribute the entire collection back to the natural world.
Her blog is full of notes from people telling her exactly where they put her stones or, in some cases, odd places where they found her stones.
On Oct. 30th one person wrote:
"I wanted to let you know that I am returning to Haiti today with one of the Rosenstein stones. ...I think I will take it up to the top of a mountain where Haitians go to pray..."
One from Oct 21st has a photograph of the forest and reads:
"This is where my daughter and I left your stone. It is in the Forest Umbra, the dark forest in the Gargono, in Pulia Italy..."
On Sept. 23rd another person wrote:
"I was on my way out to Garnet Ghost Town a couple days ago and stopped at a little miner's cemetery a few miles down the road. I'd never seen it before! Anyway, one of your rose-stones was perched on top of one of the headstones."
Rosenstein collected her stones from all over, and many people sent her stones from across the world. They've been dispersed the same way, from Peru to France, from Mt. Sentinel to the Oregon Coast.