Graffiti artists foul ground near Point State Park fowl

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Pittsburgh police this morning arrested a man for spray-painting graffiti near the giant rubber duck currently floating in the Allegheny River at Point State Park.

The 40-foot-tall rubber duck, which arrived in Pittsburgh last week, was not damaged.

A security guard stationed to monitor the floating faux water fowl told police he thought he heard a spray can hit the ground and then saw two people spraying on the sidewalk, according to a news release from police spokeswoman Diane Richard.

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Both people ran, but police later caught Ryan Sigesmund, 34, whose address they did not know.

Mr. Sigesmund, Ms. Richard said, had two cameras and a notebook with phrases similar to the ones sprayed on the ground: "Society breeds dissidents." "Nothing is lost everything is transformed." "All you need is (picture of a heart)." "The passion of destruction is a creative joy."

Police estimated that the graffiti caused about $5,000 in damages and charged Mr. Sigesmund with criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy and possessing instruments of crime. The other person has not been arrested.

Workers from the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works and Point State Park removed the graffiti.

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