The decoration of buildings is endlessly fascinating. Why do people put so much effort into adornments that are almost impossible to see? This fancy brickwork is high above the street, perhaps on the sixth floor. I can take a cell phone picture and then expand it to see it. But when it was built, only the builders got a good view of this. Were the owners able to charge more rent?
This charming panel is at ground level so it can be admired. It’s all bricks, as you can see. But each brick must have been shaped and sculpted, and then carefully laid to form the forest panel here.
This last elaborateness is again high above the street. Look at the fancy work around the arches, and the decorative panels at the top. It must have been pure pride of craftsmanship, or maybe one-upmanship so that the building next door would be completely put in the shade.