Friday, 31 October 2014

It doesn't frighten me...

Lichfield Cathedral 'grotesque'

There's a very fine line, when it comes to monsters, between terrifying and plain silly.
This dragon figure on the east end of Lichfield Cathedral is a case in point.  Because some of the very old 'grotesques', as they're called, had crumbled away, the cathedral authorities decided to replace them a couple of years ago - but in a  "21st Century style".
However, frankly, this figure doesn't look so much like an ancient guardian, warding off evil spirits, as a character from a child's computer game.
In my humble opinion.

This post was featured on the My Town Shoot Out Photo Blog for its Halloween theme


  1. Ghostbusters comes to mind. I'd have him for a pet

  2. I like grotesques and gargoyles; this one does look a bit too fresh at the moment to feel part of the work as a whole.

  3. It's a bit creepy on a Cathedral.

  4. The Chinese like lions to protect the building.