Posts Tagged ‘Worcester MA’

Skeleton Costume
A Rather Eerie Skeleton Costume For Sale Hangs in One of the Many Unique Vendors’ Booths at the Crompton Collective, a Boutique Marketplace Housed in a Historic Mill Building Located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Massachusetts (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on October 27, 2014)


A Pair of Skeletal Hounds Seen Guarding a Residential Home on Longfellow Road in Worcester, MA

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The Only Way to Enter the Halloween Outlet (The World’s Largest Year-Round Halloween Store) on West Boylston Street in Worcester, MA Is Through the Grinning Mouth of This Giant Carnivorous Jack-O-Lantern (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on October 25, 2014)

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One of the Many Concrete Cats That Populate the Grounds of the Ward Animal Clinic on Grove Street in Worcester, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on January 2, 2015)

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A Curious Brass Owl Peeks Out Between Two Old Volumes on Display in a Glass Case at the Main Branch of the Worcester Public Library on Salem Street in Worcester, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on September 3, 2017)

Skull Crompton Collective
An Oversize Human Skull Carved From Wood Available For Purchase at the Crompton Collective in Worcester, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on April 6, 2017)

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A Grimacing Gargoyle Grips a Surprisingly Still Functional Double Van Der Graaf Generator Above the Entrance of the Old Exhibition Hall on Agricultural Street Built for the Failed Worcester International Electro-Technical Exhibition of 1891*

*HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!

As you probably suspected, the photograph is an April Fools Day hoax, and the gargoyle, Exhibition Hall, and the Worcester International Electro-Technical Exhibition of 1891 exists, for the most part, only in my imagination. The gargoyle in the photograph is, in reality, the weightlifting grotesque from the old C Auditorium, with a grimacing gargoyle head I sculpted from Plasticine, pasted on in Photoshop, while his dumb bells masquerade as the supposed double Van der Graaf generator (with the help of a pair of superimposed starburst lens flares). You may be surprised to learn that the International Electro-Technical Exhibition of 1891 was an actual event. However, it was held in Frankfurt, Germany, not Worcester, Massachusetts. Although you will not find Agricultural Street on any present day map of Worcester, that was the original name of Russell Street, the current day location of the campus of Becker CollegeWorcester Agricultural Fairgrounds, as well as once the home of the long gone Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds, the site of the first perfect game ever pitched in Major League baseball. You might think the last fact is also an April Fools Day prank, but believe it or not, it’s true and you can look it up (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on April 1, 2015).

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SEASON’S GREETINGS From Worcester’s Internationally Renown TURTLE BOY & GARGOYLES AND GROTESQUES (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 20, 2014)

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Just One of the Many Different Grotesques That Adorn the Soon-to-Be Demolished Old Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium, This One Dressed in the Robes of a Medieval Monk and Clapping His Large Hands Together (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on August 20, 2016)

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A Bronze Statue of Gompei the Goat (a Gift of the Class of 2009) Stands on the Quad in Front of the Bartlett Center at the WPI Campus in Worcester,  (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on February 11,  2014)