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May 17, 2004

Darth Vader Gargoyle

Kevin Kim tells of a gargoyle* at Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral, which is carved in the shape of Darth Vader's head. i was skeptical, but it seems to be true. Can anyone verify this? Have you seen it?

* Technically it's a grotesque; gargoyles being a type of grotesque that directs water through a spout, which Darth Vader does not. Kevin correctly refers to it as a grotesque, which deflects, rather than spouts water. Why do i call it a gargoyle, then? i happen to like diphthongs, that's all.

Posted by annika, May. 17, 2004 |
Rubric: Arts


It's true. As I recall, there was an article in either Nat'l Geographic or Smithsonian magazine (my father subscribed to both) many years ago on the many gargoyles/grotesques that had been carved, and mentioned a contest for children to design one of them. I recall a picture of the Darth Vader gargoyle was in the article. The only other picture of one I remember was of a gargoyle crouching under an umbrella.

Posted by: Victor on May. 17, 2004

I can confirm it. I've seen it myself. It's not difficult to find, using the directions the site gives. Just bring a pair of binoculars or opera glasses because you won't pick it out with the naked eye.

The little girl grotesque is pretty cute, too.

Posted by: Jimmie on May. 21, 2004