think about bollards for a moment. Solid, useful, immovable, dull.
How many people are like that (apart from standing in roads) , they serve a function day in, day out and we never notice them unless we run headlong into them.
OK, eventually the elements will wear a bollard away but more often someone drives a great big truck into it and it becomes instant hardcore (don't get me wrong, I respect bollards and I respect hardcore)
My council has started using a new bollard, it's bright, it's plastic and it's spring loaded. it isn't solid and it isn't dull but drive a truck at it and you may as well plait fog.
So remember: Give a little and you'll last a lot longer.