On a whim during her sophomore year, Payton Miller painted the Rock. Approximately 1,050 cans of spray paint, 300 hours of work, and 30 paintings later, the senior took her final bow as the unofficial painter of the Rock.
The Rock News
Situated at the corner of Pat Head Summitt Street and Volunteer Boulevard, The Rock has been a symbol of self-expression on the UT campus since its excavation in the 1960s. In the decades since, it has displayed many iconic messages—but few, if any, have lasted as long as the patriotic message following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Crews are working diligently to complete sidewalks around the structure and expect to re-open the Rock in time for the start of the semester on Wednesday.
The beloved Rock on the UT campus will be fenced off for approximately one month beginning today. The campus landmark, located at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Summitt Street, will be blocked off for its own protection—and that of would-be painters—while crews perform necessary work around the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. The Rock and its new surrounding sidewalks are expected to reopen before students return to campus.
Welcome Class of 2014! Painted in neon orange spray paint on one of the campus’ most recognizable landmarks, the message was hard to miss. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt and men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl painted The Rock on Sunday to welcome the freshmen class.
UT students, faculty, staff and visitors “celebrated the Rock” Tuesday at its new location at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street, near the Music Building.
A celebration of the Rock in its new site at Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The celebration will include a live remote broadcast by WUTK 90.3 “The Rock” radio station and the opportunity to leave your mark on the Rock.
The Rock, a beloved landmark and venue for student self-expression on the UT Knoxville campus, is now in its new location. On Wednesday, the Rock was moved about 275 feet diagonally across the street to its new location near the Music Building.
The Rock, a beloved landmark and venue for student self-expression on the UT Knoxville campus, will soon have a new home. This summer, the Rock will be moved about 275 feet diagonally across the street to its new location, near the Music Building. The move is necessary because construction of the new Student Health Center, set to begin this fall and take 18 months, will leave little space for the Rock, which students and others often paint multiple times per day.