Gargoyles as gutters and rainwater system
Who knew decorative waterspouts could be so fascinating? Yes, those snarling stone creatures who devour countless pedestrians with their terrifying gazes are actually glorified drains.
There are many interpretations of their symbolic roles and faces, but their practical function as decorative gutters in architectural design is indisputable.
Art historian, Janetta Rebold Benton, maintains in her monograph, Holy Terrors: Gargoyles on Medieval Buildings (1997), the concept of fancy drainage wasn’t entirely innovative when ‘[t]rue gargoyles’ appeared at the start of the twelfth century and grew in popularity during the Gothic period. Crafted to prevent masonry walls from eroding, unwanted rainwater is redirected from the roof of towering structures like cathedrals and university buildings through a trough carved into the back of the carved monster. The water is then thrown clear of the structure’s wall through its snarling, gaping mouth onto the street, and its pedestrians, below.
When metal became available during the 18th century a new rain gutter era has started. Zinc, lead, iron has appeared in the picture(around 100 years later). Copper gutters also started popping up off of people’s houses. Copper gutters are today’s rich people’s choice. Not a hundred more years passed and in the 1900s the innovative people came up with the concept of steel gutters. Steel is durable, doesn’t rust for at least 20 years.
The roof rainwater system protects the facade, the foundation from destruction, and also gives the roof and the whole building a finished appearance.
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