Police: 7 charged for graffiti of Chicago ‘Bean’ sculpture

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say seven people face charges after graffiti was spray-painted on two city landmarks, including the popular metallic sculpture known as “The Bean.”

Two 20-year-old men face felony criminal damage to property and are due in bond court Thursday. Four others were charged with criminal trespass to state land. A 17-year-old faces curfew violations.

Authorities say the Millennium Park sculpture was vandalized late Monday and that the suspects were detained a short time later.

The sculpture’s stainless-steel reflective surface was marked with “35th Crew.” The Cancer Survivor Wall in nearby Maggie Daley Park also was vandalized. The graffiti was cleaned Tuesday.

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The sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor is formally known as “Cloud Gate” and weighs 110 tons (99.8 metric tons). It’s a popular tourist destination near Michigan Avenue.

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