On the 2nd of July 2019, graffiti defaced the renowned metallic structure in Chicago, commonly known as ‘The Bean.’
7 individuals have been detained in Chicago on suspicion of painting graffiti on 2 landmarks, including ‘The Bean,’ the famous metallic monument.
According to a statement by a spokeswoman from the Chicago Police Dept., the 7 people, who allegedly spray-painted 2 famous Chicago landmarks (including ‘The Bean’), were waiting to hear their charges on Tuesday.
According to the Chicago police, the Millennium Park structure was spray-painted late on Monday. The suspected individuals were detained shortly after the incident.
The smooth reflective surface of the metallic structure was spray painted with the words ‘35th Crew’ in silver color on the bottom alongside various other marks.
Also having undergone vandalism, were the Cancer Survivors’ Garden’s memorial walls and benches located in the Maggie Daley Park.
Lori Lightfoot, the Mayor of Chicago, was outraged, to say the least.
As stated by the Chicago Sun-Times, Lori Lightfoot emphasized how sacredness of somethings should be acknowledged. She said how the Bean and the Millennium Park are a significant part of what Chicago his, how much it has evolved since the park’s opening. Lightfoot says how it is intolerable to be vandalizing something of this value.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot added how graffiti and gang marks bring up fear in people’s hearts and will hence be in no way accepted.
Chicago’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events stated how the staff was busy getting rid of the spray-painted graffiti.
Artist Anish Kapoor is responsible for constructing the famous structure, officially recognized as Çloud Gate’. Weighing nearly 110 tons, the Bean reaches a height of 66-feet and is situated in plaza near Michigan Avenue.