The Houstonian reports that less than a month after being unveiled, the Sam Houston statue along Interstate 45 has been defaced:
Early morning Tuesday commuters, traveling north on Interstate 45, sighted the graffiti. The name “Epsom” was sprayed completely across the 10-foot marble base of the statue.
Immediately after the graffiti was sighted and reported, cleanup crew were sent by the Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department to remove it, so as not to encourage any other potential vandalists from doing the same thing.
Many precautionary measures and changes will be taken by the city of Huntsville to deter any more vandalists from striking again.
The city is planning to completely surround the base of the statue with thorny bushes in an attempt to limit access to the statue. Many city officials believe that the lack of light surrounding the statue made it an easy target.