30 March 2009

beautifully grotesque

Old Town / Warsaw, Poland
As opposed to a gargoyle which is a carved stone figure with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building - this is a grotesque. In architectural terms, a grotesque is a sculpture (again, on the side of a building or roof line) that does not work as a waterspout and exists only for ornamental or artistic purposes. Odd, as I find her hardly grotesque - I think she's quite lovely.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If I had something strapped to my head I don't think I would be nearly as happy as that lady looks!