Posts Tagged ‘Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium’

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Just One of the Thirty-Four Limestone Grotesques to Be Salvaged From the Old Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium Before the Hundred-Year-Old Building Is Demolished Later This Year (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on April 21, 2016)

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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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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 Grotesque Waits For His Turn at Bat on the Old Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium in Worcester, MA  (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on May 22, 2016)

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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


A Swashbuckling Grotesque (Wearing a Mustache and a Beard, and Armed With a Short Broadsword) Seen Squatting on the Ledge of the Old Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium

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A Grotesque, Dressed in Medieval Garb and Clasping a Walking Staff, Doffs His Cap in Greeting on the Front of the Old Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium

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A Grotesque, Clad in an Old Fashioned Leather Helmet and Clutching a Football, Rushes Along the Ledge of the Old Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium in Worcester, MA


A Grotesque on the Old Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium Engaged in an Unidentified Activity, Most Likely Some Kind of Sport Involving Some Sort of Ball (I Have No Idea What the Object He is Holding in His Hands or What He Is Trying to Do, But If You Have Any Idea, Please Let Us Know!)

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A Grotesque Waits For His Turn at Bat on the Old Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gymnasium in Worcester, MA