Before we worried about the Neue Mitte in Fürth (project to create gigantic shopping centre closing in a whole road as putative salvation of local shops), there was the new pedestrian zone.
There was a design, with partly curved stones I believe, and an invitation to tender produced no tenders!
After that the design was simplified.
Then the firm employed ordered stones from China, which did not come.
When the stones did come, there were big gaps between them such as to fell wearers of high heels.
The stones also cracked a bit, suggesting the harvest festival procession may have to change its route.
Shortly afterwards, the bronze rubbish bins were peed on by dogs, I presume, and began to go green.
They disappeared. So did the bronzed bum-freezing little seats designed to prevent large gatherings of non-natives. One or two are still there, but the one outside this building was replaced by a hole in the ground, carefully filled in with stones slightly different to the rest.
Today, in the sleet and snow, scaffolding was put up and a horrible bronzed pole with oval cross section rose. It appears that two such poles are to bear a light. This was the beginning:
After that, attempts to put the light on and erect the second pole seemed to fail. There was a lot of phoning and smoking. Eventually, the solitary pole was covered with a plastic bag:
The other pole was stowed away, and after some deliberation, and even a chat with the police, the crew departed, to warm up indoors if they’re lucky.
One can only hope the worst.