Image: The “art” in question by Andre Saraiva
A French street artist, Andre Saraiva, has been fined for spray painting a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park earlier this year. After “tagging” the rock Saraiva posted it on social media.
The story of the vandalism went viral after a story broke in February on Modern Hiker. Park officials were notified by members of the public that Saraiva had posted Instagram photos of his “artwork” on one (and possibly a second) rock formation thought to be in the National Park.
According to a news release from Joshua Tree National Park, Saraiva avoided jail time but had to paid a fine this week of an undisclosed amount to a U.S. District Court. According to California Penal Code 594, vandals can be fined “less than $1,000″ to “less than $50,000,” depending on the circumstances and amount of damage.