7 charged for vandalizing Chicago 'Bean,' police say

Suspects also accused of painting memorial wall

By Doug Criss, Brad Parks and Alanne Orjoux, CNN
WGN via CNN

Chicago's Cloud Gate structure, also known as the Bean, was spraypainted by vandals early Tuesday in the city's Millennium Park.

(CNN) - Seven people are facing charges after the famous "Bean" sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park was vandalized earlier this week.

The stainless steel structure, officially known as the Cloud Gate, was spray painted with graffiti, Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli told CNN. It's one of the top tourist attractions in Chicago.

Benches and a memorial wall dedicated to cancer survivors in nearby Maggie Daley Park were also defaced.

The seven suspects were taken into custody early Tuesday morning, Bartoli said.

Two face felony criminal damage charges and six of the seven are charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass on state land, according to a statement Thursday from the Chicago Police Department. A juvenile faces a municipal code violation.

It's 33 feet high

The Cloud Gate was created by Anish Kapoor, a British sculptor known for his large-scale works of stone and reflective steel. The Cloud Gate was completed in 2006, according to the Millennium Park Foundation's website.

One hundred and sixty-eight stainless steel plates were cut using computer technology and assembled together like a puzzle to create the sculpture.

It's 33 feet high, 42 feet wide, 66 feet long and weighs 110 tons.

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