Feral Friday: Grotesques and Gargoyles

 A grotesque and a gargoyle on the roof of Biltmore House, silhouetted against a bright sky.

Do you know the difference between the two? A gargoyle is a functional decoration–a drainpipe or rain spout disguised as a creepy creature. The name gargoyle is from the French word gargouille (or throat) because of the gurgling sound water makes as it rumbles through the statue.

A grotesque and a gargoyle on the roof of Biltmore House

A grotesque may look very much like a gargoyle, but it is usually just decorative, and that’s why it sits closer to the building. A gargoyle sticks out to direct water away from the structure.

Architecture aside, don’t these two look as if they’ve had some serious conversations over the last century or so?

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