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Sunday, 28 November 2010

GARGOYLES & GROTESQUES

On my recent visit to PARIS one place I wanted to go was NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, the main reason being that I LOVE GARGOYLES and some of the most famous are on NOTRE DAME.

Now when I looked up GARGOYLES (what would I do without Wikipedia???) I discovered that a GARGOYLE is a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water away from a roof and that they are usually elongated fantastic creatures while a GROTESQUE is a sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental or artistic function.

 So......these are GROTESQUES...........

 and these are GARGOYLES!

 These journal pages do not have any paint on them and the only ink (unless you count printer ink) is a bit of Memories used to stamp some of the words.......they are just a collage of grayscale plain paper printed versions of a couple of my photos (the church itself and the gargoyles) and scanned, printed and cut up postcards (the grotesques)that I bought while there.

5 comments:

johanna said...

i LOVE gargoyles and grotesques, saw some wonderful samples of them in prague recently... wonderful pages!

Effie said...

Fabulous pages.. they are a bit scary though!...

Sid said...

Wonderful stuff, lots of info too !!

Sarah A said...

Amazing facts on gargoyles and grotesques, interesting reaing!

Love your collage pages.

Sarah

Sam said...

Great pages! I love gargoyles, there are some good ones on the local church where I live. I love looking around old churches, trying to find any pagan influences in the masonry!!