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Chicago’s Famous ‘Bean’ Sculpture By Anish Kapoor Gets Vandalized With Paint
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Jul 2019
Image via Hethers / Shutterstock.com
Anish Kapoor’s iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, affectionately known as ‘The Bean’, has been defaced with white graffiti. Seven people suspected to be responsible for the vandalism have been held in custody.
The stainless steel Chicago symbol, unveiled in 2004, was believed to have been sprayed over just after midnight on Tuesday, with some scribblings reading, “35th Crew.” Aside from the metallic monument, the walls of the Cancer Survivors’ Garden were also vandalized.
The motive behind the acts remains to be known, but city mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times that the area was “clearly” selected “to make a big statement,” likely because both the sculpture and Millennium Park, home of the installation, are such sacred icons of Chicago.
Further, the city symbols were defaced just ahead of the 4 July celebrations, when Millennium Park will expect an influx of visitors.
Unfortunately for the culprits, they were quickly spotted by security personnel. The mayor has applauded the staff of private management firm MB Real Estate Services, responsible for Millennium Park’s security, for their immediate attention and for promptly contacting the police.
The graffiti was cleared up on Tuesday morning by cleaners, who washed off the markings with a mild detergent and buffed the vandalized areas with stainless steel polish, as reported by artnet News.
Footage shown by Chicago’s WGN-TV reveals seven people—five men and two women—being arrested. The party had their faces blurred out and were recorded cussing at reporters.
Charges against the seven people are pending. Chicago’s mayor also hopes to discuss with the city’s Park District and its Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events about extending security controls.
[via CBS News and artnet News, cover image via Hethers / Shutterstock.com]
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