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August 25, 2008

Denver Airport Gargoyle

Airport Gargoyle, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.


I've arrived in Denver to cover the DNC for firedoglake's Campaign Silo.

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This is one of the two airport gargoyles overlooking the baggage claim in the Denver airport. Gargoyles have traditionally been installed to ward off evil spirits. In this case, the gargoyles are meant to ward off the evil spirits that cause lost luggage.


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OK. Here's where we can debate technical differences that don't make a difference.

It's not a gargoyle, even if the airport named it as such. It's a grotesque. A gargoyle is integrated into the rainwater drainage system of an edifice and diverts the water through it's mouth - gargling as it were.

The differences between gargoyles and grotesques is easy to spot on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. A gargoyle might be a grotesque, as well, but not necessarily. A gargoyle can be an elegant animal, bird, person, etc.

More grotesques:

Check out the world's most bad-ass grotesques and gargoyles at:

I learn something new every day!

I checked out your photo at Flickr at the original resolution. What a fantastic shot - and what a great camera.

I encourage others to check it out at the original resolution. It's worth it!

This is serious, serious stuff, Lindsay! The Denver Airport is absolutely rife with Masonic and Satanic Symbolism! Crawling with it! Denver Airport Gargoyle. Google it. Follow the links. You are at most two clicks away from entering Full Nutter Mode...

Or you could just watch this:

Full. Nutter. Mode. Wheeeeeee!

There was quite the fiasco with misplaced luggage when that place first opened, as I remember.

If you must eat at the airport, by the way, I'd recommend the Goat's Head Soup with Anasazi fritters at the "Mesa Verde" restaraunt, Terminal A.

Norman is the gargle in gargoyle there by way of etymology or is it just a coincidence?

"Gargle", from the Online Etymology Dictionary:

"1527, from M.Fr. gargouiller 'to gurgle, bubble,' from O.Fr. gargouille 'throat, waterspout,' perhaps from garg-, imitative of throat sounds, + *goule dial. for 'mouth,' from L. gula 'throat.'"


Have fun out there in Denver.

Cass, that's a great link. I didn't know there was an online source for etymologies. And the one you found is really nicely done.

That image made my morning and makes me hate airports just a little bit less.


Cass took the words right out of my mouth. GGGRRROOOAAANNN!

This gargoyle looks like it just got off a major overseas long haul and has barely the energy to pick up luggage or find its lost luggage let alone keep its tongue in its mouth

Sarah Weinberg -

Yes, it's a statue of a tired traveller.

When that's what you see when you look in the mirror, it's time to go home!

The denver airport is more than spooky.
Check out these infos on the swastika-like design and other stuff :

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