The National Park Service says it hopes to remove the red paint spattered on the Washington Monument in an act of vandalism, but is concerned the incident may leave a mark on the structure’s surface.
The US park police said on Tuesday that they had arrested a man accused of using red paint to write a dirty message at a national landmark and poured a large amount alongside the words. Now the Parks Service says teams will act quickly to prevent red paint from depositing on the permeable surface of the monument.
Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Mall, said: Washington, DC, ABC, WJLA affiliate that Wednesday morning an in-house Park Service maintenance team will be at the monument to begin paint stripping.
“One concern, of course, is that marble is a very porous material, so we need to get into it quickly before it has absorbed a lot of paint,” he said.
Litterst told the station that he hoped cleanup work would run similar to the 2013 incident in which the Lincoln Memorial had to be closed after a person threw green paint on President Abraham Lincoln’s 19-foot statute. Both monuments are made of marble, Litterst said, and the Lincoln Memorial has been restored with no signs of vandalism.
Litterst told WJLA that completely removing the paint from the Washington Monument will likely take “many treatments” in the next two to three weeks, adding that the restoration teams know the work ahead of them.
The Lincoln Memorial was cleaned again in 2017 after a vandal att*cked it with red spray paint. Previously, restoration teams repaired the paint-stained damage to other national monuments in the nation’s capital using black markers often used to convey political messages.
“We have one of the largest collections of outdoor sculptures in the country here at the National Mall,” said Litterst WJLA. “So this is something they have unfortunately done before and have the skills to do.”
In a statement to Newsweek, Park police said “the area at the base of the monument will be temporarily closed.”
“National Park Service restorers will work on the restoration process,” police said in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing and there is no more detailed information available at the moment.”
Located in the National Mall, Washington Monument is a 555-foot marble obelisk that was completed in 1884 to honor the country’s first president, George Washington, according to the Park Service.
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