Reno's 'Hobo Art Walk' on display

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Published: Apr. 9, 2016 at 11:30 PM PDT
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One man is turning a piece of earth into a work of art. Takes a look at why his pieces are turning heads.

Along the Truckee River on Riverside Dr. people stop in their tracks, just to look at the most curious formations. Rocks formed into birds, man's best friend, and people enjoying their day by the river, more than a dozen of them blended into nature.

"We love it. that's why there's so much of it. that's why it's part of the culture here," said a Reno man.

"They add a lot to the landscape and they're a conversation piece that people see them they stop and talk about," said a woman from Reno.

The man behind the formations Has made it his day job to stack them one by one until it's perfect.

"I've been doing this for a long time. I know the right one when I see it," said Hobo Cyrus.

For decades, Hobo Cyrus, as he calls himself, spends hours every day, looking for the right rock to fit his collection.

"I decided to do what I like to do rather than what I should do," said Cyrus.

Instead, he puts a smile on someone's face, which is more gratifying than any job he says he could have.

"Apparently, I have a knack for making people smile and feel good with this artwork so in return that makes me feel good. I mean, who wouldn't want to be around happy people all day?"

While he spends hours stacking rocks every morning to put on his Hobo Artwalk display, every night, he takes them apart and starts the cycle again, because like nature, nothing stays the same

"Out here, it's changing all the time, the leaves are growing, the river's going up and down," said Cyrus. "Taking them down and redoing them every day is a huge advantage to blending them into the scenery."

The Hobo Art walk is every week, Thursdays through Monday from 10 am to 7 pm.