Couple Who Defaced $400,000 Painting in South Korea Thought It Was a Public Art Project – The New York Times

May 7, 2021

Honestly, I’m wondering if this was secretly the intention all along. It’s in a public and high traffic space, paint cans and brushes just laying around, and no security barriers. It’s almost begging for people to mess with it

I agree: perhaps the intent was to appear to invite participation but then, in the end, to reject it.