Architectural Features

When a Gargoyle is not a

Gargoyles have been used for centuries as architectural scarecrows to ward of ‘evil spirits’ and are usually found on buildings such as cathedrals and churches. But behind the grotesque figures and distorted faces there lies a very practical function.

Before guttering and down pipes became the common method of managing rainwater runoff from buildings it was channelled into outlets which carried the water away from the stonework. These outlets became decorative sculptures which spewed out the water and the majority of these took the form of the ‘gargoyle’.

Removing the superstitions of the past this method of water removal still has its place and welters® had the opportunity to create a modern adaptation in stainless steel to elegantly manage water away from mausolea buildings using their ‘Doves and Leaves’ motifs.