Tuesday night’s vandalism of the Washington Monument resulted in the arrest of one individual.
According to photographs of the damage uploaded on Twitter, the base of the renowned landmark was splattered with crimson paint.
Tuesday evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. No motive is provided.
The graphics depicted a single paint splatter and the phrase “Have you been f***** by this” with an arrow pointing upwards. The remainder of the red-colored writing read, “Government says tough s***.”
Man arrested for defacing Washington Monument with red paint https://t.co/BrZ3KrQhVD pic.twitter.com/meKKVc9tcf
— New York Post (@nypost) September 21, 2022
Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said cleanup could take two to three weeks, according to WTOP.
— Joy Wang (@Joy7News) September 21, 2022
Litterst stated that porous marble could have absorbed some of the red paint, necessitating numerous treatments to remove all traces of the color.
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Wednesday saw the beginning of cleanup work, according to the National Park Service.
The area surrounding the base of the monument will be temporarily restricted, according to the park police.
At first light, our Monument Preservation crew got to work on the Washington Monument, after it was defaced with red paint last night. The top layer of paint is coming off and the pigment that seeped into the stone will be treated with many rounds of cleaning product application. pic.twitter.com/ifFHoTTuif
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) September 21, 2022
Alert: Area around base of the Washington Monument temporarily closed. USPP have adult male in custody for vandalism. NPS conservators will work on restoration process.
— USPPNEWS (@usparkpolicepio) September 21, 2022
WTTG reports that the person apprehended will be charged with trespassing, tampering, and vandalism.
As of Wednesday morning, the arrested individual’s name had not been made public.
— Katie Barlow (@katieleebarlow) September 21, 2022
When someone vandalizes or defaces one of our memorials, the first word that comes to mind is upsetting, Litterst said WTTG.
“We’re fortunate to have a crew on staff that can take care of that, and we look forward to promptly restoring the monument to its original state.”