“The prairie sheets out.
The Badlands formations rise from it,
Jagged and severe.
In the distance, the Badlands appear
As a lonely city massed against the sky,
Spires and Pinnacles carved, cut out in relief.
At close range, in and amongst the peaking formations,
Grassy tables set about with buttes
Give way to rents in the earth.
The land of soft, vulnerable rock is lacerated,
Left to the gap and crumble,
Left to take erosion as it’s form of change.
Barrenness incarnate, given this tortured body
By way of instruction from a literal minded maker
in some kind of love
With gorgeous desolation.” Badlands Near and Far, Evan Harris
For many years, the Badlands has sparked the creativity of artists across all disciplines. In 1998, Evan Harris became the first poet selected for the Artist in Residence program at Badlands National Park. Today, the Badlands are still inspiring works of art, as our current Artist in Residence Kristina Crawford creates vibrantly colored paintings in the Badlands likeness.
How have the National Parks inspired you?