The Legend of Face Rock
What few people know is that a creative construction crew saved it and hustled it into the woods of a sympathetic landowner nearby.
Fifteen years thinking the face rock was destroyed. Bartels resurrected the rock from his woods just last month.
"The first piece of equipment they brought out said it would lift 10,000 pounds but it wouldn't hold it. The face is about 12,000 pounds. Not the neck," Bartels said.
It now makes the perfect entrace to his condominiums on the corner of Chapel Hill and Face Rock Court.
"People were curious as to why we named it Face Rock Court. Now they know. Now's the day the rock is back. I think it's a tribute to Columbia. It's people doing something for no reason. That's the neat part about it," Bartels said.That Columbia poet is no longer living but relatives of Michael Graznak said he would have delighted in the survival of this "accidental sculpture". As his poem points out, "men tear the rock with dynamite that thunders to reveal a face of stone or other hidden wonders."
The face rock's location on Chapel Hill is near the entrance to the Twin Lakes Recreation Area.