A gathering of her peers
Feds chase criminal case against artist who marred rocks in parks
She calls it art, blah, blah, blah..
The National Park Service calls it criminal.
The agency on Thursday announced it was investigating 21-year-old Casey Nocket’s recent cross-country jaunt during which she allegedly painted faces and sketches on rock formations in as many as 10 national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park.
The agency, which did not name Nocket, said its investigation spans the nation’s most iconic Western parks. Investigators said the woman’s vandalism was found in Yosemite and Death Valley national parks in California, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Zion and Canyonlands parks in Utah. National Parks Traveler on Thursday posted a photo of Nocket’s trademark scribble inside Rocky Mountain National park.
The Park Service was awaiting confirmation of vandalism in Grand Canyon, Sequoia Kings, Joshua Tree and Bryce national parks.
Park officials said in a statement it takes seriously the issue of vandalism, which can be a felony when committed in a national park…
An online petition at whitehouse.gov had collected more than 2,220 signatures Thursday afternoon, urging authorities to pursue “the most serious charges” and pleading “please don’t allow her to receive a slap.”
I have no sympathy for the Let’s Pretend-to-be-Artists who feel the need to display their crap smears on someone’s home or property, a public place they choose because no one cares to come and look at their pitiful attempts at self-agrandizement.
I have no interest in confronting her graffiti when I set out to be part of nature apart from urbanscapes. As a matter of princple, I don’t need to see her mediocrity on subway walls either. I see no justification for defacing the world around us. I’ll take it as it has grown in life and art, commerce and toil, on its own terms. Play therapy for a middle-class neurotic doesn’t qualify.