Recently on Facebook, I came across an article published by The Oregonian. This article shows the image above, a view that appears to be from near the top of Mt Scott looking toward the Crater Lake Caldera with a painting of a face on a rock. The article continues to state that the artist taking credit for this painting is publishing more images on her Instagram account with other paintings at other National Parks. It also states that she is using acrylic paint to create her art.
As an artist and photographer this really upsets me. Do not get me wrong, I am all about freedom of expression but I am also about respect. An act such as painting faces with acrylic paint inside the boundaries of a National Park, to me, is very disrespectful. Even if the intent was to create art. The worst part about it is that, I am sure that cleanup will be more damaging to the park than leaving it there.
I was taught to respect others, young or old, rich or poor; I was also taught to respect the land. "Take only photographs and leave nothing but footprints."
However, I believe it should be;
What do you think? Is this art and freedom of expression or vandalism and graffiti? Sound off in the comments below.