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Post  eddie on Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:29 am

Enjoy!

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Re: Gargoyles and waterspouts

Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:08 pm

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View of Paris from the Galerie de Chimeres on Notre Dame de Paris.

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In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building. Preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls is important because running water erodes the mortar between the stone blocks. Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the open mouth. Gargoyles are usually an elongated fantastic animal because the length of the gargoyle determines how far water is thrown from the wall. When Gothic flying buttresses were used, aqueducts were sometimes cut into the buttress to divert water over the aisle walls.

The term originates from the French gargouille, originally "throat" or "gullet"; cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, gargula ("gullet" or "throat") and similar words derived from the root gar, "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water (e.g., Spanish garganta, "throat"; Spanish gárgola, "gargoyle"). It is also connected to the French verb gargariser, which means "to gargle." The Italian word for gargoyle is doccione o gronda sporgente, an architecturally precise phrase which means "protruding gutter." The German word for gargoyle is Wasserspeier, which means "water spewer." The Dutch word for gargoyle is waterspuwer, which means "water spitter" or "water vomiter." A building that has gargoyles on it is "gargoyled."

A grotesque figure, also known as gargoyle," is a sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental or artistic function. Although the field of architecture usually preserves the distinction between gargoyles (functional waterspouts) and non-waterspout grotesques.

Gargoyles are said to scare off and protect from any evil or harmful spirits.



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Re: Gargoyles and waterspouts

Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:10 pm


1st century BC Hellenistic gargoyle representing a comical cook/slave from Ali Kharnoum, Afghanistan.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:11 pm


Comical demon on a pinnacle of Visby Cathedral, Sweden.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:13 pm


Dornoch Cathedral, Scotland.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:14 pm


Lion gargoyle on Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Meaux.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:16 pm


Gargoyle on the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, Paris showing the water channel.


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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:17 pm


St Peter and Paul, Ostend, Belgium.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:19 pm


Notre Dame church, Dijon, France.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:21 pm


One of four gargoyles atop the Peace Tower, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:24 pm


Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary chapel, Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:25 pm


Here Comes Trouble- Ian McLagan album cover.

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Re: Gargoyles and waterspouts

Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:27 pm

Tatiana wrote: nice collection of gargoyle photos eddie


this is my profile picture on facebook


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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:29 pm

Ha! Great! Nice to have struck a chord.

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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:31 pm

Tatiana wrote: has a lot to do with 'watching over' my son, but i like gargoyles so it was great to see so many together.

i have that piccy in a frame on the wall over my desk, so maybe it is mostly watching over me.


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Post  eddie on Sat May 28, 2011 8:33 pm


Charles Laughton as Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (with chums)

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Re: Gargoyles and waterspouts

Post  pinhedz on Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:35 pm

I would only note that the Hunchback's chums are not gargoyles, because they don't gargle.

They are properly called "grotesques."


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Re: Gargoyles and waterspouts

Post  pinhedz on Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:40 pm

The National Cathedral in DC has countless gargoyles.

http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0002780.htm

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