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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Gargoyles and grotesques

Along with my liking of skulls, another macabre thing that I love is gargoyles. Which goes along nicely with my admiration of gothic architecture (or gothic-style), particularly cathedrals – although I’m not even the slightest bit religious I can still appreciate the beauty of the building.

“A gargoyle is a grotesque carved human or animal face or figure projecting from the gutter of a building, typically acting as a spout to carry water clear of a wall.” – thanks Apple dictionary.

I bought this small book of Oxford’s gargoyles and grotesques last weekend, which has some great examples. Some of them very amusing too.


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