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Look But Don’t Touch: Reflective surface of Chicago’s iconic “Bean” coated in cancer causing toxin tetrachloroethylene

CHICAGO IL- Tetrachlororethylene, a caustic metal polish that may be linked to cancer has been suggested to give the iconic metallic sheen to the famous Chicago landmark. Those who may have had direct contact are advised to seek medical advice.

Designed by famous artist Anish Kapoor and installed in Chicago’s Millennium Park in July 2005, Cloud Gate or the “Bean” as it is affectionately referred to as is a staple attraction for local Chicagoans and site seers alike. Unfortunately for those who have made contact with the sculpture after the fifth step of its elaborate finishing process in August 2005 may have been in contact with a caustic chemical compound.

“Taking selfies with it (the Bean), fine. Family photos, no problem. Wedding photos, fantastic. Touching it… not so much.”

said an unqualified spokesman. It appears the look but don’t touch adage has never been truer.The “Bean” is still open to the public and the park director and artist who commissioned the project for the city have not been contacted. The PETA foundation is lobbying the city to have a giant orange bio hazard sign applied to the sculpture and  a 35ft perimeter established around the structure with caution tape.

If you or someone you may know has touched the Bean we urge you to let us know in the comments below :

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