Gargoyle looming over historic Silver City, NM
Tags: Gargoyle, Photo, Photography, Silver City, Statue, Travel
Loved your shot , It’s fantastic! =)
That is so cool – Happy Saturday!
Thank you, and happy Saturday to you too.
Nice shot. These cool/weird things are all over our older cities — makes me think … why?
In this case, I think it is simply artistic. We found many of these small Southwestern towns to have thriving arts communities. Silver City is that way, with tons of art galleries. I forget what building this guy adorned but I seem to recall it may have been a studio or something of that nature.
Simply artistic? Was the building a studio when built? Or is there a cult of gargoyle worshipers within the architect’s community? As ancient and mysterious as — say — the Masons? So do architects say — “you know an nice evil looking gargoyle would be good here” — or do they say — “the Devil made me do it!”
This isn’t a building like Notre Dame with Gargoyles built into the facade (where I think the intention was to scare people into church or simply remind them of the evil that lurks outside). This is a pretty plain brick building. The two Gargoyle statues look like they were added more recently.
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Gargoyle’s are cool – so says my husband. He brought one home from one of our trips to Engand – two square feet of solid cement in his suitcase – some souvenir!
I saw one up close on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. You mentioned the intent there might have been “to scare people into church or simply remind them of the evil that lurks outside.” Another explanation I saw was that they were used as drains to rid the building of water. An odd artisitic way to do so – either way. Great photo.
You are absolutely correct. At Notre Dame (and elsewhere, too) Gargoyles are used to hide drainage systems. But why evil looking creatures? The designers could just have easily made them clowns, or angles or bishops peeing “Get thee to Mass and out of the ‘rain’” For some reason Gargoyles became a kind of twisted norm. Lucky for us, because they’re far cooler than the alternatives.
He looks alive. I’m hiding now…
Salut Brian! Thanks for stopping by http://clickgarage.wordpress.com/ and liking my post. This Gargoyle reminds me of the Gargoyle in the Adventures of the Gummi Bears.
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