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Why do street lamps in downtown Wilmington have finials that look like faces?

Melisa Riley

According to Malissa Talbert, Communications Officer with the City Manager’s Office in Wilmington, the lamps with finials are ordered from a manufacturer when there is a need to replace a lamp or put in a new lamp. The style of lamp is chosen from the manufacturer’s historical designs selection and the design chosen for downtown Wilmington is the Washington Style.

The finials are not made to represent any particular shape or silhouette. But the finial could be interpreted as the profile of a face depending on how the individual observing the finial perceives the shape.

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