• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence program graphic by Dudley Edmondson
Dudley Edmondson
 

Artists have long had an impact on our perceptions of national parks. Dramatic photographs, paintings, and descriptive essays helped to stimulate the establishment of many national parks and continues to foster an appreciation of them today. The Badlands Artist in Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to translate preservation of this place into images that evoke responses from those who may or may not visit the park.

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view of the rugged Badlands landscape by 2007 Artist in Residence Rikk Flohr
Badlands scenery captured in a photograph by 2007 Artist in Residence Rikk Flohr.
Rikk Flohr

Did You Know?

Sandstone caprock balanced atop eroding sediments, an example of a toadstool or hoodoo

The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.