An art installation of 26 life-size human sculptures at Grant Park in Chicago was vandalized overnight when graffiti taggers left their signatures on 18 of the statues. The statues were made by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir. The public art exhibition is titled "Borders".
The case has received great attention in Chicago and the police is investigating.
Bob O'Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy, told Chicago Tribune that he saw the statues with the graffiti this morning and said the taggers used two different signatures, leading him to believe there may be several people at work. O'Neill believes that the statues were hit either late Friday night or in the wee hours of Saturday.
He said people, especially children, like to go up to the statues and pose with them for pictures and touch them. He said this is the first time they have been vandalized here. "It's a bad image of Chicago and for artwork," said O'Neill. "We all worked really hard to put them here. It's upsetting when so many of them are tagged with graffiti."
The artwork, which took two years to complete, was first installed in 2011 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The sculptures appeared cleaned on Monday after being tagged over the weekend. The police has also charged a 13 year old boy with defacing more than a dozen statues in the Grant Park sculpture exhibitio.The minor has been charged with criminal defacement of property greater than $300, criminal damage to government property greater than $500 and less than $10,000, possession of paint or a marker with intent to deface and possession of spray can or a marker by an underage person.