CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police took seven people into custody overnight, after vandals defaced “The Bean” at Millennium Park and the Cancer Survivors’ Garden at Maggie Daley Park.
Police responded to a trespassing call in Millennium Park just after midnight on Tuesday morning. Responding officers found the words “35th Crew” and other graffiti had been spray-painted on famed artist Anish Kapoor’s landmark “Cloud Gate,” more commonly known as “The Bean.”READ MORE: Child In Critical Condition After Being Pulled Out Of Pond At Lake In The Hills Golf Course
Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed her anger regarding this incident.
“I was pretty pissed off, look some things should be sacred,” she said.READ MORE: Woman Found Dead In Car In Lincoln Park Died From Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Autopsy Finds
“Last night’s vandalism to Chicago’s iconic ‘Cloud Gate’ is reprehensible,” Department of Cultural Affairs spokeswoman May May stated in an email.
The taggers also sprayed similar graffiti on the memorial walls in the the Cancer Survivors’ Garden at Maggie Daley Park, as well as at least one park bench.
“That’s unfortunate that somebody has to go and do that to something that’s so iconic in the city,” Millennium Park visitor Gary Potter said.
Police arrested seven people at the scene. Charges were pending Tuesday morning.MORE NEWS: Dolton Gas Station Attendant Richard Williams Charged With Beating Woman Who Says She Just Wanted To Use Bathroom
City crews began removing the graffiti around 9 a.m. Tuesday. They wouldn’t say exactly what they were using to remove the graffiti.