The title of this post may not be the most common one, but hear me out. Apparently, there is a supposed desire to gain possession of a gargoyle, and as it turns out, you now can, according to an article from The Good News Network by Judy Cole.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of this topic, I thought I might offer my own personal description of what constitutes a gargoyle, seeing as they aren’t exactly an everyday item you find laying around your house. To me, gargoyles sort of resemble very pissed-off monster-looking creatures. I have yet to observe a cheery one, and I’m not entirely sure why they always look so miserable, but they typically have wings, large ears and decent-sized teeth. Gargoyles definitely have as gothic connotation, but their actual purpose, aside from adding some medieval vibes to the exterior of a building, are to act as a spout, directing water from the roof of a building and depositing it without hitting the side of a building to avoid water damage.
Now that we have a bit of background information on these grumpy-looking statues, let’s delve into the article contents.
“After the Cathedral of Notre Dame was partially destroyed by a raging fire in 2019, many of its famous statues and paintings were damaged. Now, thanks to a new crowdfunding effort from Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, the color of love is also the color of money.
“People from around the world are being invited to ‘adopt’ their favorite resident monster—or saint—and donate to its restoration.
“A click-through gallery catalogs Notre Dame’s extensive art inventory and notes the progress of each individual piece’s fundraising goals. According to site statistics, male saints have taken a substantial early lead,” the article says.
The article goes on to say how “Sadly, in the upper galleries, the cathedral’s iconic gargoyles and the fabulous 19th-century grotesques that ‘recreate the fantastic universe of the Middle Ages’ have fallen behind in the race for donations (Joan of Arc could use some help, as well).”
I personally don’t have an insatiable urge to adopt one of these things, but it is for a good cause. Be sure to check out the article, linked above, to learn more about the gargoyle adoption process.