Shop for Gargoyles Garden Statues and Griffins Sculptures - These broad-shouldered beasts are fierce watchdog for your front gate, grounds, or hearth. No chain can restrain them or their spirits or their unique artistry can be seen in the gargoyle’s appealing, wrinkled face and elongated toes. Haunting the medieval buildings of Western Europe, gargoyle statues are often seen peering down from churches, cathedrals, houses and town halls. These artistic projections are carved of stone in the form of people, animals, or fantastic beasts and mark roof lines, corners, and buttresses to enhance the picturesque quality of a building. When the sky is clear, gargoyles may glow from the towers - but don’t stand below them on rainy days! The true gargoyle functions as a water spout that medieval artisans transformed into functional fantasies. With routes stemming back to the Greek architects, the idea was to place terra cotta or marble lion heads on the roof cornice to divert the water away to the street. Another widely accepted belief is that the Gargoyle serves as a protector that wards off any evil spirits that may attempt to corrupt a castle, church, or building. Some gargoyles were used for religious instruction, but most were simply grotesque figurines. Modern day Gargoyles have adopted many other uses such as Gothic ornaments, icons of mythology, cartoon heroes. Statue.com offers a large selection of gargoyle statues and sculptures that are created by world-renowned studios.