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Houston street artists not thrilled by Picasso vandal

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Street artist Gonza247 shakes a paint can and sprays a metal door at the French Consulate.

He's not vandalizing anything.  This is part of an art project commissioned by the French government.

He says street art is supposed to be cool and edgy, and the person who vandalized the Picasso in the Menil violated the code: you don't mess with anyone else's art.

"Honestly, most of the street artists are laughing at this fool," he says.  "This is someone's cheap attempt to get fame."

The vandal used a spray can and a stencil to deface the painting called "Woman in a Red Chair".  Someone who is possibly working with the vandal recorded it and out it on YouTube.

Thursday, Chief Charles McClelland said the investigation is active and ongoing.

"We certainly have some fruitful leads and we do have a person of interest."

Beside the YouTube footage, they have surveillance video and Internet chatter.  A person on Facebook is taking credit, but police wouldn't say if that's who their person of interest is.

Gonzo247 hopes they nail the vandal soon.

"Do you know what happens to people who molest art when they get to prison?" he asks with a grin, and then gets back to work.

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