The man accused of vandalising the statue of Queen Victoria in Causeway Bay has won an international 'most promising artist' award. Pun Sing-lui, who poured red paint over the monument and smashed its nose with a hammer, beat 200 other artists to win $60,000 towards fees at a college of his choice, it was revealed in court yesterday. The annual competition is held by the Philippe Charriol Foundation and attracts entries from across the world. Pun, 26, who also poured paint over himself and sat staring at the monument until police arrived, hopes to take up a place at an institute in France. The sculptor appeared in Eastern Court yesterday to face a charge of criminal damage. Defence lawyer Philip Wong Chi-wai said Pun's treatment of the statue in Victoria Park on Monday was the result of 'an artistic urge'. The defendant now realised what he did was wrong and that he must keep his art within legal bounds, Mr Wong said. Pun appeared calm in the dock, but his skin still showed traces of red paint. Magistrate Alan Wright remanded him on $10,000 bail and ordered psychiatric reports. No plea was taken and the case was adjourned until October 9. Pun was detained in a psychiatric ward at Eastern Hospital until yesterday's appearance. His wife, Ho Yin-sin, said he had cleaned most of the paint off his body using tap water. Pun moved to Hong Kong about four years ago after graduating from the Central College of Arts and Crafts in Beijing. He is unemployed.