Sorensen II charges $5,000 to paint a "Freedom Rock."
"My idea was I wanted to keep it affordable for everyone but still make it worth my time so I charge my mural minimum which is $5,000," Sorensen II said.
The charge includes Valspar paint, a "Freedom Rock Tour" sponsor. A second paint choice, at an additional charge, is available.
A silicate mineral paint Sorensen II called "liquid rock" especially designed to be placed on rock is the other option and the paint he used for the Appanoose County rock. It is more expensive but it lasts longer.
"This is not a glue. It's rock. In 24 hours there is a chemical process and it forms to and with the rock," he said. "So there's no glue in it."
Appanoose County's "Freedom Rock," an 8.8 ton boulder valued at $1,400, was donated by L&W Quarry of Centerville. The rock was delivered Monday, Aug. 19 and Iowa Steel and Wire was there to help unload and place it on the southeast corner of the Appanoose County Courthouse lawn.
Sorensen II graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in art design. He and his wife own and operate Sorensen Studios in Greenfield.
Iowa's 12th "Freedom Rock" will be located in Lake Park, Dickerson County.