Monday, January 16, 2006

Archipedia - G is for....

Gargoyle - sometimes also known as a Grotesque, a gargoyle is primarily used in the Gothic style in ecclesiastical architecture. Often representing the full gamut of human, animalistic, or mythical characters at the artists disposal. Designed to provide decorative 'full stops' to features such as hoppers or water spouts, they often had either a didactic or symbolic role in warding off evil spirits. Contrary to popular belief, Gargoyles are still being made today in modern forms, as below at Chichester Cathedral:

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