No, although their stories are often fascinating. Not just the subjects, but how and why they came to be where they are. And some of the sculptural detail is remarkable. It all began when I suddenly noticed the Melville Monument in St Andrew Square despite being aware of it for years. The most pretentious statue in the city of a once all-powerful man who is now all but forgotten. But all this is way off-topic, and doesn't even merit a thread until Andy's statue appears!!
To my everlasting shame I have to admit having never paid much attention to the monument and in fact have only just looked up the history of it online. Of course I know who Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville was, but if you don't already know this, you might find this (about the structure of the column) interesting - "The overall structure was designed by William Burn, which he modeled after Trajan’s Column in Rome. The statue that sits atop pillar, meanwhile, was created by Robert Forrest and Francis Chantrey. Weighing in at over 1500 tons, the Melville Monument was so massive that special considerations had to be taken for the foundation to support its mass. Robert Stevenson, a respected lighthouse engineer and also grandfather to the author Robert Louis Stevenson, used the first line balance crane ever built to erect the towering edifice. The column was finished in 1823, while the statue had to wait until 1828 until being put into place."
Let's hope that the LTA don't take that long to put Andy's statue up!