The Bean vandalized, 7 arrested for vandalizing bean sculpture

The Bean vandalized – Seven people were arrested early Tuesday after graffiti was spray-painted on The Bean sculpture in Millennium Park and the Cancer Survivor Wall in Maggie Daley Park, according to Chicago police.

The vandalism occurred shortly before midnight in the 300 block of East Randolph Street, police said. Responding officers arrested seven suspects, all adults, nearby.

Police squad cars and a pair of officers were posted in front of the Bean, also known as Cloud Gate, before dawn on Tuesday. Words were scrawled in silver paint across its stainless steel surface near the bottom corner on the southwest side. On the street-level entrance to the park, two benches also bore graffiti that said “35th” in the same shade of paint.

After further investigation Tuesday morning, officers also found the Cancer Survivor Wall in Maggie Daley Park was vandalized.

The Bean was created by artist Anish Kapoor and was installed in Millennium Park in 2006. It is composed of 168 stainless steel plates that are highly polished. In 2009, someone scratched graffiti on the northeast side.

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