All of a sudden I’ve found myself noticing amazing details that I’ve never seen before at the tops of buildings. For example, I was in Covent Garden the other day and looked up to see a sheep’s head carved into the side of a familiar building, looking down at everyone on the ground.
I’ve lived in this city for more or less my whole life, so when I saw the sheep’s head I couldn’t work out why I’d not noticed this sort of decoration before. Today, while I was sitting at home in my living room, I suddenly realised why: my wheelchair. Because there’s usually someone pushing my chair I don’t have to worry about the usual pedestrian conventions like looking where I’m going or watching out for cars, so my wheels give me the added luxury of looking up as I go along.
Next time you’re in an old part of a city, find a spot where you can stand and look at the tops of the buildings. I’d be curious to know what you find and hope you’ll let me know in the comments section below.
But remember, if you don’t have the privilege of being pushed, do make sure you stand still when you’re doing this – I don’t want to be responsible for anyone walking into a lamp-post.