CHICAGO — Seven people are in custody after “The Bean” sculpture and Maggie Daley Park were vandalized overnight.
Police said a group of people spray-painted the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, known as “The Bean,” at Millennium Park and the Cancer Survivor Wall in Maggie Daley Park.
“The Bean” and the Cancer Survivor Wall, along with benches and other structures in the area, were tagged and defaced with gang graffiti.
“There are some things that should be sacred. Millennium Park and `The Bean’ have been an important, iconic heart of who we are as Chicago from the time that park opened,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “It is unbelievably unacceptable for somebody to be defacing something like that.”
Police found seven men and women nearby and arrested them in connection with the vandalism; they cussed out a news photographer who was filming when they were escorted by police around midnight. Charges are pending.
“We are not going to tolerate this in our city. All over our city there’s graffiti, gang markings. It spreads fear in the hearts of people in neighborhoods, and it’s unacceptable, and we’re not going to tolerate it,” the mayor said.
“The Bean” stands 33-feet high and weighs 110 tons. It was completed in May of 2006, dedicated by British artist Anish Kapoor.
The sculpture is one of the world’s largest permanent outdoor art installations, and is a top tourist destination in Chicago.