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Memorial Union Memorial Union: The Transcendent Tower

Signs, Symbols, and Seals: The Sculpture of Memorial Tower

Contorted Creatures

Derived from the Old French word gargouille and the Latin gurgulio, both meaning "throat,” a gargoyle is a grotesquely carved zoomorphic or anthropomorphic stone sculpture designed to direct water away from a building’s roof and walls, usually through its mouth. Each of Memorial Tower’s four spires has eight gargoyles (thirty-two total), and no two are alike. The apotropaic creatures are purely decorative, but still have open mouths and hallow eyes.

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History of Memorial Tower

Making the Memorial

In Memoriam

Signs, Symbols, and Seals: The Sculpture of Memorial Tower

Figured in Stone: The Arcade Sculptures of Memorial Tower

Tradition: Tipping the Cap

 

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