The Rock is an iconic UT landmark and has been for more than 50 years! It serves as a public canvas and place of free expression on campus.
Get an Inside Look
The Rock is a 97.5-ton hunk of dolomite at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street. It is by and large, the most attention-getting bulletin board on campus. Students and organizations paint the Rock as a long-standing tradition when they want to commemorate an important event.
Messages on the Rock have expressed compassion, protest, hope, and more. Want to see a live view of the changing messages and artwork on the Rock? You can, here. Watch below to learn more about from a campus tour guide.
The Rock Pro-Tip
The Rock gets painted around seven times a day. So, if you paint the Rock, don’t forget to take a photo of it!