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I didn't envy the church buildings in England much, especially the upkeep, but I would love some grotesques. I learned that the weird statues along the top of the church buildings were not gargoyles unless they are drainage spouts. If they are just for fun, then they are grotesques. 

There are some theories about why these funky figures exist outside buildings, especially churches, but nobody knows for sure. It could be to ward off evil spirits or to show the difference between the distortion outside the church compared to the salvation inside. They could be the result of the boredom of masons or jokes about neighbors. 

Nobody knows, but I really want some. They made me laugh and wonder. Sometimes I feel like we could use a little more of that inside the church. I wonder what we could put outside our building as signs to our neighbors about who we are inside. What kind of grotesques would we design to signal our silliness as well as our sacredness? 


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