In the old city of Nurnberg there are a number of these figures, each one placed on the corner of a building at a street intersection. They are not only lovely sculptures, but sculptures with a purpose. Well, they served a purpose back in history…back when city streets did not have any names. These figure served as reference points for people trying to find a certain shop or house.
It's another indication of how much larger our cities and towns are today. Can you imagine trying to give anyone directions today without using street names? Or numbers?