Bean sculpture defaced by vandal

Authorities are investigating after police discovered damage Monday on the steel sculpture known as the Bean in Millennium Park in the Loop.

Police discovered the defacement -- someone’s name scratched onto the Bean -- during the day on the north side of the sculpture, according to a Central District police captain.

There was no description of the person who defaced the piece, which is located near Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, and the captain did not know whether any cameras might have captured what happened.

Cloud Gate, or the Bean as it has become affectionately known, is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States, according to Millennium Park’s Web Site. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above, the site said.

A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives, according to the site.

A spokesperson for Millennium Park was not immediately available Tuesday morning.

from the Sun-Times

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