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

33 comments:

eileeninmd said...

The gargoyles are a little intimidating, maybe that is the reason they are there.. Great fence find and photos. Happy Thursday!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

That's a different kind of gate than most. I agree, it's a little intimidating. Maybe I'm an evil spirit at heart.

Karen S. said...

Well many folks believe resulting mostly from folklore I'm sure that they bring good luck and frighten away evil spirits and such. My daughter and I both have a small one outside our house in their own little protective zone. So far good luck! I do like the looks of this place, a mysterious air to it!

Anvilcloud said...

Grotesque things such as this seem to have popular in medieval churches.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

i got a really weird message ... i did try to leave a comment. i love gargoyles. wonder where they got started? i did say i was looking about your blog & noticed you wrote a book or 2? that is so cool. neat-o!!! what fun. ( :

Big Sky Heidi said...

Creepy guardians of the gate.

Big Sky Heidi said...

Creepy guardians of the gate.

Tabor said...

Maybe it makes them think they are fancy?

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh yes, I do think they are fun!

Shug said...

Maybe their purpose is to keep people from entering... lol.
Unusual for sure...
Blessings.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I love gargoyles. I went through a stretch of time I collected them. Took a lot of space. When the office filled up...the end of that hobby.

TexWisGirl said...

really cool with a bit of macabre thrown in, too! really nice find!!! love the gnarly, twisted trees, vines and stone wall to make the whole thing fit together!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

If they ever change their minds and want something else... I'd hate to move those babies... must weight a ton, plus.

Gail said...

I saw a few in Savannah but sadly many had been stolen.

Margaret Adamson said...

Perhaps it is better to stay on this side of the gate!

Jutta.K said...

a very interesting gate ! I like it !
Thanks for visiting ma blog. ♥ly greetings grom germany

Kay said...

It certainly doesn't look like a very welcoming place.

Mike said...

It's hard to look at gargoyles anymore without thinking of the movie Ghostbusters.

Josie Two Shoes said...

That does make for a rather intimidating entrance! I loved the gargoyles keeping watch from up high on old architectural wonders when I lived in Germany!

I must admit that when in college we sometimes amused ourselves by perching gargoyle fashion on the posts of the old cemetery wall that bordered on the highway. Many a car slowed down to look and then drove rapidly away!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The gate is beautiful....but not sure if I would want to enter either. Makes me think of those flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz! lol Enjoy your week! Hugs,Diane

Gosia k said...

nice fence with monuments

Gosia k said...

nice fence with monuments

William Kendall said...

I have always been fond of gargoyles. This pair suit me!

The Yum List said...

Makes you wonder what's behind the gate. What secret is it keeping? ;-)

Michelle said...

I don't think I want to enter here, either.

Saun said...

That is different not my cup of tea but a great find.

Janie Junebug said...

I kind of like those. I don't know why. Maybe it's because they make me think of some cathedrals.

Love,
Janie

whiteangel said...

That's interesting as I had never thought about why.

Lin Floyd said...

not too welcoming...

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Linda; I checked what the gargoyles are :-) And I enlarged the picture, sure looks a bit intimidating but we have same kind of thing called 'komainu' not used for the rain though. Nice find and thank you very much for sharing with us♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

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?
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They're protecting the yard, perhaps?
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Felicia said...

the gate is pretty but the gargoyles yes not so much.

Carola Bartz said...

I know gargoyles mainly from cathedrals and churches in Europe and have always enjoyed them. They do look mischievous though.

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