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"This is not art" graffiti appears on mural

Posted at 6:35 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 18:41:59-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A project designed to turned West Palm Beach into an outdoor art destination was spoiled by an opinionated vandal with a can of spray paint.

In November artists from around the globe descended on West Palm Beach for the two week CANVAS event, leaving their permanent mark on the city. Los Angeles artist Kai was one of them. His mural was completed November 24th on the back side 330 Clematis Street.

Overnight someone spray painted Kai's mural with the words, "This is not art."

CANVAS founder Nicole Henry says murals like this are always changing, but is disappointed someone chose graffiti to modify it.
"One of the things that is so great about street art is that temporary. you never know how long it's going be up or how long it's going look the way it was meant to look," Henry said.

Henry says since the graffiti appeared she's heard from several people who are angry about the graffiti and is happy to know so many people are passionate about the murals.

The West Palm Beach police department is aware of the graffiti and is working with the Downtown Development Authority to determine the best way to remove the graffiti without destroying the mural.