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Weekend effort aims to clean up Giant Rock in Landers

From Native Americans who considered storied Giant Rock in Landers sacred to prospectors, UFO enthusiasts, and off-roaders the monolith has drawn desert denizens for generations. And while most come and go leaving no trace, a few are compelled to leave their trash, others express themselves with spray paint. Tomorrow and Saturday will be the second time this year that an organized clean-up takes aim at the trash and graffiti at the site.

Clean-up organizer Karyl Newman of Positional Projects says that trash at Giant Rock isn’t as bad as it once was, but over this past Memorial Day weekend a lot of ugly black spray-painted graffiti appeared at the rock and two nearby locations. Newman told Z107.7 News that some of it is gang-related, and some is from, “a bunch of dorks declaring, ‘we were here.’ None of it, she said, could be considered art by any stretch.

The clean-up begins at 4 p.m. Friday at the” rock” when volunteers will apply something called “Elephant Snot,” an expensive but effective graffiti remover. Some volunteers plan to camp there overnight. The major thrust begins at 8 a.m. Saturday with pressure washing, magnet sweeping for metal, and collecting trash. Organizers are still looking for volunteers, especially those with trucks and dump cards. 

To participate sign up online through this link or just show up. Wear old clothes and bring your own water. Snacks will be provided.

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