Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gargoyle Gate

I'm not sure why someone would choose to select a pair of gargoyles to frame a gate, but here they are.  According to Wikipedia, In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved or formed grotesque[1] with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building, thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between. 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.

There doesn't appear to be any water anywhere near this location, but I guess the owners of this gate just like them because they are ugly? 

The view from the other side of the gate is a mass of trees with vines twisted through them.  Really, the place looks a bit intimidating.  Not sure I want to enter here.

Have a great Thursday.  Linking up with Good Fences today.  Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay
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