Gargoyles

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Gargoyles

  1. 1. Gargoyles<br />A modest research snippet<br />By Randy Arnayro<br />
  2. 2. What is a gargoyle?<br />Dictionary.com -- <br />1.<br />a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal.<br /> <br />2.<br />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.<br /> <br />
  3. 3. Why were they created?<br />From Wikipedia <br />Architectural purposes: Draw rainwater off a building.<br />Creative license: Why have it boring? <br />Superstition: They scared away evil spirits.<br />
  4. 4. When were they created?<br />Gargoyles first appeared in the 11th century in Europe.<br />
  5. 5. Where are they located?<br />Outside of buildings mostly houses of worship, significant structures like castles, state houses and the homes of ceremonial leaders. <br />
  6. 6. Do they have a form and a function?<br />Images of gargoyles were formed to evoke supernatural beings and ferocious animals. <br />They were used as the end of an exterior gutter.<br />
  7. 7. Are there gargoyles around here?<br />There are good examples of gargoyles in Balboa Park mainly the buildings erected during the Panama Expo in 1915. <br />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. <br />

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