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Washington National Cathedral chapels vandalized: The Church of England Newspaper, August 11, 2013 p 6. August 16, 2013

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, The Episcopal Church, Washington.

A Chinese tourist was arrested last week by police in Washington for allegedly vandalizing two chapels in Washington’s National Cathedral. Jia M. Tian (58) was taken into custody after police found her in the cathedral on 29 July 2013 carrying a can of green paint and wearing paint-flecked clothing shortly after green paint was poured over woodwork in the Children’s Chapel and over the organ in the Bethlehem Chapel, the site of the tomb of President Woodrow Wilson.

Police are also questioning Ms. Tian, a Chinese national traveling on an expired U.S. visa, for green paint vandalism near the Smithsonian Castle, the Martin Luther statue at Thomas Circle in Northwest and the Lincoln Memorial.

The Cathedral’s newsletter reported that within twenty four hours, conservators had removed most of the green paint from the gilt wooden reredos in Children’s Chapel. Damage in Bethlehem Chapel centered on the pipe organ façade with paint damaging the keyboard, surrounding wood paneling, and the floor.

It stated “a team of conservators is busy carefully removing the paint while avoiding damage to the delicate wooden surfaces. Although the pipes themselves cleaned easily, the grain of the wood has soaked up the paint. Full removal will be slower and more painstaking than expected, likely resulting in higher restoration costs.”

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