A few in a South Korean browsing shopping mall unknowingly defaced a $400,000 piece of artwork wondering that it was interactive street artwork.

The piece, “Untitled” by John Andrew Perello, a graffiti artist acknowledged as JonOne, was aspect of an exhibition at a Seoul shopping mall, according to The New York Situations.

It was displayed with some paint cans, brushes and shoes that were worn by Perello.

The exhibition, “Street Sounds,” opened in February of this 12 months and capabilities practically 130 items by more than a dozen graffiti artists, the Situations described.

The pair allegedly included 3 brushstrokes of green paint to the artwork with no noticing that it was presently a accomplished get the job done. The vandalization was found on March 28, and the pair was identified by mall safety footage, the outlet noted.

“There had been suggestions and a recognize, but the pair did not shell out consideration,” one of the exhibition’s organizers, Kang Wook, told the Times.

The few, who was not named, was arrested and later on unveiled after telling law enforcement that they considered the artwork was participatory, the outlet noted.

Perello expressed his disappointment that his get the job done was tarnished, in accordance to the Instances.

Art need to be religious,” he claimed. “You really don’t paint on a church.”

Some have argued that the couple should not be blamed and that their contribution has additional to the work, the Situations noted.