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    We had a taxi driver call the stacked stones (a.k.a. wishing garden) "monkey-see, monkey-do." Seems it has nothing to do with Aruban culture or history... imported by tourists. There were only a few over by the natural bridge back in 2009. I hadn't really thought of it as graffiti until now - but that fits - some folks seem compelled to leave their mark. (I suppose it is much prefered to tagging or litter of course.) While the occasional stack can have an artistic quality; enmasse they are strange rash on the landscape.

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    Our friends on the island said it was called the Wish Garden (as Jen mentioned) and the Arubans do not like it one bit (as Andrea mentioned). He said the hotels are supposed to tell folks to not disrupt the environment with those things but obviously nobody listens. I remember the first time I saw the wish garden, it was the second or third time on the island and was small, only a few of them (none the previous years) and every year there are more and more......didnt like it the first time I saw it and now it seems to be everywhere and is just cluttering up the landscape (IMO)......
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    what a waste of time

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    OMG! Just ran across a picture of the Wishing Stones Stacking stones-aruba-wishing-stones.jpg
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 10-05-2016 at 08:48 PM.

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    Smoki....please reduce to thumbnail

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    a lot of those stacked stones are now gone, thanks to Matthew

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    Sorry Andrea, where do I reduce it to thumbnail?

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    smoki...it was easier to do it than to type how to do it

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    Wow....it's gotten to that ridiculous extent.
    Ya know, I admit that I would feel not so great about dismantling someone's "wishes", but the truth is, this has become nothing more than an eyesore.
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    They are called Rock Cairns and found around the world.
    No actually, they're not cairns.
    Cairns are large and are meant to be seen for miles.
    These little piles of rocks are someone's made up mythology about Aruba.
    At best, they're miniature inukshuk... the explanation's in the link.

    http://www.inukshukgallery.com/inukshuk.html
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    I've seen them on both of my past trips to Aruba, mostly on the north side in areas accessible by vehicles. I don't recall them as much down on the east end in or near the park. I'm a believer in the attitude of Leave No Trace so I haven't stacked any rocks there. And it's funny how these things get overtaken when people see them and want to do it as well. Just like the Locks of Love Bridge in Paris. It started with one lock and got to be so many that the bridge was in danger of damage so they finally removed the whole thing and put up a glass wall on either side of the walkway so no more locks.

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