Christophe Schwarz, 31, lauded as one of the best urban artists by the French culture minister, has been given a two-week suspended sentence for painting a Chanel logo on Armani's storefront at Chater House. But the artist is likely to be back in court soon because Hongkong Land, the owner of the wall, yesterday filed a lawsuit in the High Court for damages against the artist. Schwarz, better known as Zevs, was sentenced by Eastern Court to two weeks in prison, suspended for two years, for criminal damage, to which he pleaded guilty. He stuck a stencil of the Chanel logo on the Central building's outer wall and poured water-soluble paint over it on July 13. Police later arrested him. Acting Magistrate Bina Chainrai said she appreciated that other jurisdictions might welcome Zevs' artistic expression, but that he must make sure that his artistic expression was welcome first. Zevs accepted the sentence. 'I would have been happy to go to jail, but it was suspended,' he said. 'You cannot do painting everywhere.' David Martin, Hongkong Land's head of retail, said the company believed the conviction would serve as a reminder that criminal damage is a serious crime and that it would hopefully prevent similar incidents from happening again. The case had been adjourned due to disagreements between him and Hongkong Land over the estimated cost of repairing the wall, originally set at HK$6.7 million. Yesterday, they agreed that a lower amount of HK$3.41 million had been submitted as the estimated cost of replacing the affected slabs, and that Zevs had contested it. Hongkong Land's writ did not specify the amount of the claim. Zevs treated the wall last week with a Danish-imported chemical, leaving it 98 per cent clean as of yesterday, and had spent HK$113,000 on cleaning it so far, said Barbara Bryce-Borthwick, his lawyer. The wall is still stained, but cleaning experts say this is because it takes time for the porous limestone slabs to return to their original appearance, Ms Bryce-Borthwick said. But Hongkong Land was still not satisfied with the state of the wall, Mr Martin said. French Culture and Communication Minister Frederic Mitterrand, nephew of late French president Francois Mitterrand, wrote a letter of mitigation on Zevs' behalf, saying the artist never intended to vandalise. Zevs said he hoped Hongkong Land would think differently when the wall returned to its original appearance. Zevs has lost HK$220,000 in earnings because a magistrate earlier ordered him not to leave the city pending the case's resolution, meaning he could not participate in an Agnes B exhibit in New York. Zevs said there were no hard feelings between him and the fashion designer and that she supported him. He will be part of an exhibit at another Agnes B gallery, in Paris, in September.