February 28, 2021

Gang members vandalize "The Bean", main tourist icon of Chicago

One of the biggest icons of tourism in Chicago (USA), the sculpture "Cloud Gate" of Millenium Park, popularly known as "The Bean" or "The Bean" due to its shape, was vandalized on Tuesday by alleged gang members Latinos

The words "35th Street Crew" were painted with spray on two sides of the structure consisting of 168 polished steel plates and created by the Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor.

Police were alerted around midnight by private security guards in charge of park security, located in downtown Chicago, and arrested seven adults who they said were members of a local gang.

The police did not reveal the names of the suspects yet because they were not officially charged yet.

The mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, expressed her "outrage" at the act and demanded an "exemplary" punishment for the authors.

"Some things should be sacred, Millennium Park and this sculpture are important icons from the moment they were inaugurated," he said in a statement.

The Millennium Park was inaugurated on July 16, 2004 and occupies 25 acres of land, with downtown Chicago on one side and Lake Michigan on the other.

For the five million tourists who visit him annually, "El Frijol" is the favorite place for his photographs.

One of the visitors of today, Alejandro Vargas, considered "sad" what happened, because it is a tourist place "that everyone should respect and enjoy."

In turn, Jose Hernandez, who lives in Chicago, said "it's not funny to vandalize something that is very important for many people."

Less than ten hours after being discovered, the graffiti were erased by employees of the Municipality, who polished and left the sculpture bright.

The same vandals also defaced a wall in the Garden of Cancer Survivors, the boundary park built in memory of the late Maggie Daley, wife of the former mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley.

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