DOWNTOWN — The city’s iconic sculpture, Cloud Gate, was vandalized late Monday.
The Millennium Park sculpture, lovingly referred to as “the Bean,” and the Cancer Survivor Wall in Maggie Daley Park were spray painted by a group of people at about 11:58 p.m., police said.
Seven adults were taken into custody and were expected to be charged. White graffiti could still be seen on the Bean as of Tuesday morning.
“Last night’s vandalism to Chicago’s iconic ‘Cloud Gate’ is reprehensible,” the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said in a statement. “Crews are in the process of removing the graffiti.”
The Bean is one of Chicago’s most recognizable sights. Millions have visited it (many of them snapping selfies in its reflection) since it was unveiled in August 2005.
The Bean was designed by artist Anish Kapoor and reportedly cost $23 million. It was also spray painted by a vandal in 2015.
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