The most pretentious graffiti in Britain?

Dada artist Hugo Ball performing at Cabaret Voltaire.
Dada artist Hugo Ball performing at Cabaret Voltaire.

By Graham Chalmers

Has Harrogate got it’s very own Banksy or are there just some very pretentious vandals around these days? What do you think?

Scrawled crudely in big black letters on a wall at the back of Cheltenham Mount are the words “The game of life goes on in a formless empty space until the participants become weary of it or die.”

The phrase itself isn’t original, in fact, it was coined nearly a century ago by members of Dada, the famous avant-garde art movement set up in Zurich during the First World War.

It’s background is unlikely to impress everyone and it certainly hasn’t gone down well with the police who are taking a firm line on the work of this slightly shaky hand.

A police spokesperson said: “This graffiti is very unsightly and unpleasant for residents and people who work in the area to look at.

“It’s also costly and time consuming to have it removed. We are appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible for this mindless damage to contact us.”

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