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This is not art – Vandals daub offensive graffiti on Snowy Farr sculpture

An artwork dedicated to one of Cambridge's most colourful characters has been covered in angry graffiti.

The sculpture commemorating Walter Snowy Farr in Market Square was defaced by a vandal who wrote 'this is not art' and 'this blows' in an apparent critique of the distinctive sculpture.

The culprit also wrote "money is bulls***" and "f*** you banks".

Critcism of the sculpture added by vandals (Image: Benoit Stevenson/BBC Cambridgeshire)

The aluminium and bronze sculpture was installed outside the Guildhall in 2012, near the site where Snowy collected money for charity.

Snowy, who died in 2007, was a well known presence locally, famed for his white beard, antique military outfits.

He collected more than £100,000 for charities on Cambridge's streets, often accompanied by live animals such as mice, birds and a goat. He received an MBE in 1995 in recognition of his fundraising.

Snowy Farr MBE

The £72,400 statue was designed by Gary Webb who took a figurative take on Snowy's image.

But the artwork has proved controversial, labelled a "blight" and and "insult" to Snowy's memory by critics.

A spokesman for the council said there were 'more appropriate' ways to give feedback on public art (Image: Benoit Stevenson/BBC Cambridgeshire)

The graffiti on the artwork was spotted by a BBC employee and quickly cleaned off by Cambridge City Council yesterday (May 15).

A spokesman for the council said: "The council will respond in the usual way to graffiti of this nature, which is to remove it within 24 hours.

Offensive messages were left all over the artwork (Image: Benoit Stevenson/BBC Cambridgeshire)

"There are other more appropriate ways to provide the council with feedback on public art, rather than through damaging and defacing public property."

Fans of the late Snowy Farr help to buy his MBE for Cambridge

He added that the graffiti culprits had not been identified.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said the force had not received any reports of the incident.

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