Gargoyles In The City (And Other Things)

When I took this photo of the dome on the Broadway Centre recently I didn’t realise it had gargoyles on the base of it. I also didn’t realise the gargoyles had breasts.

I’m not really up on my gargoyle mythology but after a bit of a surf around on the web it seems that gargoyles are used to protect buildings from evil spirits and yes, some of them do have breasts. I would never have thought it.

I was surprised to see another gargoyle in my neighbourhood. This is on the roof of a house near my street (breastless…) I would expect to see gargoyles in Europe or Britain but not in Sydney so much. So now I’m intrigued as to how many there are and over the next few weeks am going on a gargoyle hunt.

Following on with the gothic, spooky, winged creatures possibly coming at you in the shadows theme check out this tunnel. This is how spooky and dark it is in the middle of the day. I don’t think I’d have the guts to walk through it at night.

Let’s move on from things of a creepy persuasion. A bit of brightness, please….This is a hibiscus tree near my house. It is a bit dog-eared with caterpillars munching on the leaves, but the other day I walked by and it had the most glorious yellow flower on it. Makes me think of the south Pacific and drinking cocktails out of coconuts.

I like this graffiti girl. She’s a bit of a spunky chick. And I like the tagline of not making stencils. I can see how you would get a rush from putting a stencil up in a public place and seeing how people responded. You might easily get addicted to it.

You knew I’d have to include some boats, didn’t you? I saw these at the Fish Markets, waiting expectantly.

And finally, I saw this little froggie painted on a wall in a nearby street. I immediately thought of Gabrielle Bryden because I know how much she loves her frogs. So this little guy’s for you, Gabrielle. Ribbit.

It’s amazing what you see when you’re out and about.

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38 thoughts on “Gargoyles In The City (And Other Things)

  1. Love going on a walk with you! I’d be interested to see what you uncover on your gargoyle hunt. Hmm… should do the same here. There are some near my office on the Old City Hall… Wonderful to imagine the flowers blooming in your world, as I am surrounded by monotone landscape of winter!

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    1. I think there are probably a few gargoyles on some of the heritage buildings in the city. I’ll try and have a look on the weekend. I would love to see any you might come across. That would be aweesome!

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  2. Thanks for letting us benefit from your time out and about. I was somewhat familar with gargoyle tradition, but had not noticed the breasts and their frequency.

    And, it is ok with me if you include all the water and boat shots that you like. You know we Americans depend on your warm and sunny shots to help us get through the cold and blah months here.

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    1. It’s quite interesting to read about gargoyles. I’m keen to learn more myself. I will make sure I include lots of sunny pics the next time I put up more photos!

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  3. Well…cannot wait to see how many gargoyles you find in Sydney…certainly didn’t expect any there either…loved all the photos…the tunnel is not a place I’d walk even at high noon. πŸ™‚

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  4. Ooh thanks for the froggy pic – so gorgeous πŸ™‚ I like that stencil girls attitude – haha – hilarious (saying I must not stencil by using a stencil). I know nothing much about gargoyles so if you could fill us in that would be great – there are a few around Brisbane I seem to recall.

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      1. I’m going on a gargoyle hunt. I’m going on a gargoyle hunt. I’m sure there are heaps in the CBD. It’ll be fun looking for them. I’m glad you like your froggie. Croak!

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  5. I like seeing your finds. though gargoyle are my least favorite. certainly I don’t see them here NY but it’s probably because I aren’t looking for them. those I have seen lots of lions and horses.

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    1. There have to be some gargoyles in NYC, Lissa. I would love looking for them there. However, I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some of them can be quite ugly. Or creepy…

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  6. Hi Selma,
    Wow, gargoyles, I am very surprised to see them in Sydney or anywhere in OZ, that is amazing. I must be honest and say I never really looked for them either, it makes you wonder how many were on old buildings that have since been pulled down.
    I love the yellow flower that is just gorgeous. πŸ™‚

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    1. I was really surprised to see them too, Mags. I would say that many of the buildings that have all that elaborate stonework (and gargoyles) have been pulled down over the years. Such a shame.

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  7. Gargoyles are really spouts for draining rainwater from the roof. They’re also handy for dropping on people in British murder mysteries. Don’t know why they tended to sculpt them in such shapes, though.

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  8. I love the pics Selma! The froggie looks so real, if not for the lines of the brick, I’d think it was! The gargoyles are kinda creepy arent they? I live in suburbia but I think the older parts of Toronto would have cool stuff like that

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    1. They are a bit creepy. I was surprised to see that one on the roof of a house near me because it isn’t an old gothic-looking house it is a new house. It would scare me to know that was sitting on my roof!

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  9. Love gargoyles and grotesques. We have a gothic villa down the road from us hidden behind an ivy-clad wall with grotesques guarding it at intervals. It thrills me to walk past it.

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    1. DAOINE!!!! So nice to see you. I was thinking of you the other day and was wondering how you were going. It has made my day to hear from you. I love that you call them grotesques. That is perfect!

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      1. xx

        It was one of my English teachers who told us the difference between gargoyles and grotesques. One of those things that get filed away in one’s brain.

        We’re dealing with our second silent reflux babe, so life is a bit tense at the moment.

        And my mum passed away a couple of weeks ago.

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  10. I would love to see what you come up with regarding the gargoyles, Selma. I adore all your photo’s and the frog is so cute, he also reminded me of Gabrielle’s frogs.

    Those subway tunnels in Durban used to smell of pee. Gross.

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    1. Oh yeah. Tunnels that smell of pee. Ewwwww. Who would want to walk through that?

      I really liked that little froggie. I thought of gabe straight away!

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  11. Wow, those gargoyles are so interesting … it’s amazing what you discover when you get up close and personal with the help of a camera.

    Love the flower and the graffiti girl.
    πŸ™‚

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    1. I’d love to know if you have any gargoyles around your neck of the woods, Tracey. I’m looking for them everywhere now. At least it’s calmed down my obsession with chimney pots. Haha.

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  12. I love gargoyles. Here in the US, we have far too few of them. Britain is gargoyle heaven.

    I always enjoy your photos, Selma, and your eye, which really “sees” things others take for granted. But… where are the chimney pots???

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    1. You are right there, Patti. Britain is definitely gargoyle heaven. I would have a field day in London right about now. I’d be snapping away like a madwoman.

      What I need is a gargoyle sitting on a chimney pot. Now that would be a perfect match πŸ˜†

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  13. Love these pics, Selma – that second gargoyle picture is fantastic with those dark clouds looming in the background – a story in that one, don’t you think? (hehe)

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    1. You know me so well, Bluebee. I am actually writing a story about that gargoyle now. I hope to have it finished this week. It just spoke to me…..

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