Saturday, February 06, 2010

Gargoyles – Glorious Gruesome Grotesques

Gargoyles – they are strange, bizarre, unpleasant or just plain ugly. They have been hovering around our towns and cities for centuries, for so long that it can be forgotten that they have meaning and purpose. Take a tour of the weird world of the gargoyle.


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A gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque statue and they were designed to convey water away from the roof and the sides of large buildings although they were more purposeful than that.  We associate them mostly with medieval times thanks to a certain hunchback but they have been around much longer than that.  They are more than just scary statues as if they were not there then the mortar between the stones of their buildings would, in time, erode away and the building would fall over.    Many gargoyles take the shape of animals and – lost to our modern minds – these creatures were chosen for a purpose. 

This is why:

Gargoyles – Glorious Gruesome Grotesques

by RJ Evans

1 comment:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Now I may be weird but I really don't see them as grotesque or ugly. I see them as are and very creative. Nice photo by the way.