IN VIRGINIA TECH, PART 1 -
JUNE 18, 2003
form an interesting characteristic of the Medieval Gothic architecture. You
can see them in just about any old Gothic building in many major downtowns
in the US. Unfortunately, most of them stand high above your head, and
are very difficult to photograph from below.
gargoyle is a waterspout that channels rain water from roof-top gutters
to the ground below. It clears the walls and the foundation off the flow,
thereby minimizing potential damage from erosion. Besides serving this very
practical purpose the gargoyles were also used to convey religious teachings
and to ward off evil spirits. Today, they merely serve as ornaments on the
exterior walls of old buildings.
come in various forms. Most of them resemble animals or demons, but some also come in human
shapes. Read more about them here.
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Tech's campus has many old buildings with gargoyles on them. But most of
them are hidden away and are not easily spotted. One really needs to look
for them. I spotted the ones in this picture, on Smythe Hall on the west side
of the campus. This one looks like a flying dragon to me. There are many
more, and I hope to document them one by one.