Why the Creepytings National Parks Vandalism is a Big Deal | Modern Hiker

When you experience the great outdoors you are surrounded by an incredible sense of awe and wonder. Unlike most activities and products today that put ME ME ME at the center of the universe, gazing upon Yosemite Valley for the first time or looking out at the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon is a way of letting the Universe put you in your place … These are experiences that remove us from our push notification addled, social media soaked modern life and remind us that we are but one tiny, temporary sliver of the world. That is the true work of art here – so when that work is marred, those of us who’ve had that experience outdoors feel like we’ve been punched in the gut.

Creepytings versus Rock Art and Banksy, Part 2

By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow (image)   Read this first part of this post here. The long-story-longer of this is that I’m not in a position to tell you if what she has done is art. I actually think it is, even as mediocre as it is. But that doesn’t make what she did right. As I’ve discussed, I actually think it makes it worse. Regardless of whether it is art, though, what she is doing with her drawings is producing an entirely different message than what many of her supporters imply when they link her with urban street art. It is art with a message of entitlement………. Read More

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Artist graffitis National Park property, then posts photos and geotags on Instagram.

people are so disgusting

aside from defacing some of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, she defends herself as a feminist against people who, btw, never bring gender into the equation.  she compares herself to banksy (completely missing the point that banksy’s art is on cityscapes, manmade surfaces that are c o m p l e t e l y different from a c t u a l  n a t u r e).  she claims to be an artist, and maybe she is a person who makes what might be called, in the strictest sense of the word, “art.”  but the reality is that she’s just doodling on and permanently damaging natural beauty, trying to leave her mark on places so much bigger than her that it must make her feel small and insignificant, while failing to realize that that’s the real magic of places like that.  she uses vandalism to feel “edgy,” which is no doubt all she thinks art is, and she uses the national parks to get attention because let’s face it, if this weren’t a felony no one would notice.  the pieces are no better than what my friends and i sketch out on our driveways when we’re bored in summer.  to put her personal fame above preserving the environment’s natural (and already perfectly at risk without her added assistance) beauty is not just irresponsible, it’s sickening.  and although she is clearly remorseless, as evidenced by the vapid and ignorant defenses that litter her tumblr, i hope that one day she learns to feel a little bit of fucking shame and humility.

[COMMENTARY] Girl Defaces National Park Monuments

A girl using the moniker “Creepytings” has been going around National Parks throughout the Western United States, which by itself would not of been too bad, but at every park she has visited she has left behind what she calls “art”. The drawings themselves are artistic, no denying that, but the problem is that defacing a National Park is a misdemeanor and based on the sheer number of incidents, could possibly be a felony.  Original Story on Gawker  

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The Vandalism of Nature and Why We're Upset

The Vandalism of Nature and Why We’re Upset

October 24, 2014
If you haven’t heard already, or seen yourself, there’s been a consensual outrage as the internet discovered a young woman vandalizing national natural landmarks in Utah. Self-identified as username Creepytings, the self-proclaimed artist brought her paints to varying landmarks and left her mark before taking to Instagram to show it off to the world.

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And as confirmed by different websites and Creepytings herself, the paints were indeed non-washable.

I actually took a trip with my family the summer of last year to visit these landmarks and being a lover of nature myself, I am saddened by this news. I am saddened that someone would have the audacity to pull off such an inconsiderate stunt for attention and significance. I am frustrated that someone would be so insensitive to natural beauty and allow this to happen. And it seems like I am not the only one; bloggers have responded angrily in comments around the blogosphere and on Tumblr. Which brings me to my question:

Why are people upset over this?

Why are people expressing sadness, frustration, anger, and outright hostility in response to this vandalism? Let’s consider this user’s response on Tumblr:

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I can empathize with this commenter’s frustration, yet at the same time, what intrigues me is his accusation on her imposing “[her] image on something we collectively are responsible to conserve?”

So again, this begs the question: Why are we responsible to conserve it? To offer another perspective, I don’t think the animals in Utah are forming a coalition right now to discuss the tragedy of the vandalism. Yet, it disturbs us. Why?

Because we are made in God’s Image. Imago Dei. That’s why. It is because we are human and as humans, we recognize beauty. While the birds in the sky will fly by without so much as a blink in response, we are angered by this woman’s insensitivity to the nature of beauty, because we were made to appreciate beauty. To not recognize beauty is to deny our humanity.

This same generation is up in arms, decrying any notion of absolute truth or God, yet at the same time upholds an absolute, universal sense of beauty. It is this same generation that screams “tolerance” yet is intolerant of this vandalist’s “art”. We are inconsistent at best, and contradictory at worst.

Our outrage in response to this vandal is evidence that we are made in God’s image. As humans, we recognize beauty and we also recognize when it is being abused. And in doing so, we also recognize the God who created this beauty.

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made…” (Romans 1:19-20)

That’s why we’re upset.

The Vandalism of Nature and Why We’re Upset was originally published on Alex Koo Blog