The mythic creatures, winged ladies and Flash Gordon rockets have largely vanished, the victims of aerodynamic design that banned needless protuberances and, more importantly, new European crash standards that attempt to soften the blow when a car meets a pedestrian. Not to mention the annoyance of having an ornament snatched by vandals. As a result, a lot of branding has migrated to the grille, though Mercedes-Benz still adorns the hoods of some of its sedans with the three-pointed star. Sadly, art in public places doesn't count for much anymore.
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