gargoyles vs. grotesques


Question: When is a gargoyle not a gargoyle?

Answer: When it is a grotesque, of course!

Gargoyles, by definition, are carved figures of stone, with spouts designed to convey water from rooftops to the ground below. Their use, dating back to Greek and Roman times, provided both a decorative and functional method to prevent water from cascading down the sides of temples and other structures with pitched or flat roofs.

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