Guilty: She painted Rocky Mountain National Park, and the art was criminally bad

This artwork is criminally bad.

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Casey Nocket, 23, visited seven national parks in a single month. She took a lot of photographs, and she left way more than footprints.

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Nocket, a New Yorker, did little art projects in acrylic paint and markers at the parks she visited in 2014. The image above is from Crater Lake, but Nocket also hit two Colorado parks. She pleaded guilty this week to seven misdemeanor counts of damaging government property.

You’re not supposed to mess with the parks, even if your vandalism is artsy and it gets hearts on Instagram. (Her handle was creepytings.) But, still, I was curious what she did with the great American canvas.

All images in this post were provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Here’s her Rocky Mountain National Park piece:

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From Canyonlands, in Utah:

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And Zion, also in Utah:

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A more ambitious (?) piece, from Death Valley:

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Her other vandalism sites included Colorado National Monument and Yosemite National Park. Nocket’s work has been cleaned from all of the parks except Crater Lake and Death Valley.

Nocket will be banned for two years from recreation on the lands of the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ouch.

She’ll also serve 200 hours of community service and write a formal apology to the National Park Service. Lastly, she’ll pay restitution to the government, but the sum hasn’t been decided yet.

There are reports, by the way, of a chalk artist on the Appalachian Trail…