Park rangers search for 2 vandals who toppled ancient rocks at Lake Mead

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Park rangers search for 2 vandals who toppled ancient rocks at Lake Mead
A photo provided by A. Harrison shows the Redstone Trail, in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. The National Park Service law enforcement is seeking help from the public to find two men who were captured on camera toppling an ancient natural rock formation at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada last week. (A. Harrison/National Park Service via The New York Times)

by Rebecca Carballo

VENICE.- Victoria Miro is delighted to present Sarah Sze’s first exhibition at Victoria Miro Venice. This exhibition, the artist’s sixth with Victoria Miro, marks a return to Venice for Sze, who featured in the 1999 and 2015 Biennales and represented the United States with her exhibition Triple Point in the 2013 Biennale.

Two immersive environments explore how images are constructed and memories are formed. Sze will take over the gallery with a new moving-image installation and present a suite of new paintings in surroundings that bring the mise-en-scène of Sze’s New York studio to a nearby Venetian apartment, uncannily evoking a sense that the artist has just stepped away from her place of work.

The National Park Service is seeking help from the public to find two men who were captured on camera toppling an ancient natural rock formation at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada last week, officials said Monday.

A video posted April 7 shows the two men, legs bent, pushing the large red rocks. A young girl in the background can be heard yelling: “Don’t fall … Daddy! Daddy!” As the men try to move the rocks, another person is heard off-camera saying, “But why?”

The National Park Service is asking anyone who might be able to help identify the “vandalism suspects” to call or text the National Park Service-wide tip line, 888-653-0009; submit a tip online; or email

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, established in 1936, is 2,338 square miles. It runs along the Colorado River, from the western end of Grand Canyon National Park to below Davis Dam. The sandstone formations on the Redstone Trail were shaped over time by geological forces from 140 million-year-old dunes, according to the National Park Service.

“National parks are some of the most special, treasured and protected areas of our country,” the agency said in a statement. “To protect these natural and cultural resources for this and future generations, all visitors to national parks are expected to follow park laws and regulations.”

John Haynes, public information officer for Lake Mead National Recreation Area, told KVVU, a Fox affiliate in Las Vegas that he didn’t understand why someone would vandalize it.

“This almost feels like a personal attack in a way,” Haynes said.

Vandalism in national parks is nothing new, Jordan Fifer, a public affairs specialist for the National Park Service told The New York Times.

“Unfortunately, it’s common,” Fifer said. “We rarely, however, see something of this nature where the people in the video seem so intent on destruction.”

In 2021, vandals destroyed abstract geometric designs at Big Bend National Park in Texas that had survived for thousands of years by scratching their names and dates into them.

The U.S. National Park Service condemns such behaviors on its website, noting that disturbing wildlife or damaging their habitats can directly lead to their demise and is illegal.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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