Replying to @Apocryphal
I don't like clutter!!
And even very wide apertures ( say f1.4 ) don't always provide nice separation of statues from their backgrounds, or blur parts you do want sharp. Background surrounds are apparently frequently not "seen" by the folks who site the statues .
So my image from Tennessee, and my image from St Johns were cut out and the background replaced. The image of Colonel Vigo was shot up at the sky, and then blurred a bit more in PS.
Frequently, I am not carrying a very heavy, wide aperture lens, but a nice, small travel zoom, which lacks large apertures.
I do have some artworks deliberately captured with wide apertures, but don't always prefer them to just replacing their backgounds with more visually appealing choices.
Been doing it for years, as you can gather from the capture dates on my images.
Most of my images are in color, too, but I find monochrome is often a good choice for stauary too.
As Jay Maisel says "Color fights Shape".