‘It’s Chaos, Be Kind’ – Florence, Texas - Atlas Obscura

‘It’s Chaos, Be Kind’

Florence, Texas

A community-funded monument to kindness in the face of life's difficulties. 


This 20-foot-tall obelisk stands in the middle of a small community park surrounded by central Texas farmland.  Why is it here?  Where did it come from?  and… What is it doing?

On the back side, a short description of its origin tells us that it was created by Austin-based artist, Matthew Johnson, and inspired by the words of the late author Michelle McNamara. Funds for the limestone monument were raised via a Kickstarter campaign in 2018. 

But there it is nonetheless, defiantly standing tall and magnificent, insisting that visitors consider its simple, yet encouraging, message: “It’s Chaos, Be Kind!”

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