Gargoyles A modest research snippet By Randy Arnayro
What is a gargoyle? Dictionary.com -- 1. a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal.
2. a spout, terminating in a grotesque representation of a human or animal figure with open mouth, projecting from the gutter of a building for throwing rain water clear of a building.
Why were they created? From Wikipedia Architectural purposes: Draw rainwater off a building. Creative license: Why have it boring? Superstition: They scared away evil spirits.
When were they created? Gargoyles first appeared in the 11th century in Europe.
Where are they located? Outside of buildings mostly houses of worship, significant structures like castles, state houses and the homes of ceremonial leaders.
Do they have a form and a function? Images of gargoyles were formed to evoke supernatural beings and ferocious animals. They were used as the end of an exterior gutter.
Are there gargoyles around here? There are good examples of gargoyles in Balboa Park mainly the buildings erected during the Panama Expo in 1915. San Diego Museum of Art has gargoyles on the outside of the building as well, although one could argue they are grotesques and not gargoyles.