Simply Sunday and, says the gal, time to look around you. Sometimes you find the most extraordinary sculptures that do remind you where you are. Sometimes these are really splendid pieces of art, like the giant Botero sculptures in Cartagena, Colombia, or his famous Fat Bird, finished in 1990, by the river in front of the UOB Plaza, Singapore. Basle has odd bits of work by one of Switzerland’s best-known sculptors, Jean Tinguely, 1925-1991 (see his extraordinary sculptures, too, outside the divine spa at one of Europe’s finest luxury hotels, The Dolder Grand, above Zurich).
Just occasionally there are bizarre sculptures in public places. Whoever, in Laguardia, the mediaeval hilltop village that I visited a few days ago, thought about having a bronze collage of shoes that travellers might have worn? Next to it is another table bearing assorted travel suitcases, but, I hasten to add, no sign of a Porsche Rimowa wheelie.