Is This Gargoyle The Inspiration For The Movie Alien?

Discussion in 'Mainstream News Stories' started by TomRose, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. TomRose

    TomRose Fresh Blood

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    A photo of a gargoyle adorning the walls of Paisley Abbey, a centuries old structure in Scotland, is sweeping the web because of its likeness to the "Alien" creature made famous to sci-fi fans of the movie franchise.

    What do you think?

    Check it out:

    http://www.bubblews.com/news/998598-pai ... ovie-alien
     
  2. JamesWhitehead

    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

    Messages:
    11,150
    Likes Received:
    6,695
    Trophy Points:
    309
    LOCATION:
    Manchester, UK
  3. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,692
    Likes Received:
    6,985
    Trophy Points:
    294
    LOCATION:
    USA
    There's a good chance it's the other way around ... _Alien_ might have been the inspiration for the (non-original; refurbished) gargoyle. :twisted:

     
    XEPER_ likes this.
  4. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,692
    Likes Received:
    6,985
    Trophy Points:
    294
    LOCATION:
    USA
  5. Pietro_Mercurios

    Pietro_Mercurios Beloved of Ra

    Messages:
    12,057
    Likes Received:
    91
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I thought the stonework looked a bit fresh. Paisley sits in the heart of what was once Victorian industrial Scotland, after all.
     
  6. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

    Messages:
    45,103
    Likes Received:
    14,794
    Trophy Points:
    284
    LOCATION:
    Dublin
    Looks a bit like Ian Paisley.
     
  7. henry

    henry still speeding

    Messages:
    2,736
    Likes Received:
    1,167
    Trophy Points:
    219
    LOCATION:
    UK Again
  8. liveinabin1

    liveinabin1 Justified & Ancient

    Messages:
    1,924
    Likes Received:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    48
    LOCATION:
    insert witty comment here
    Am I alone in seeming to recall this gargoyle being installed?
    I'm sure I remember a new gargoyles being made to replace damaged ones and they used modern day 'monsters' as inspiration.
     
  9. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,692
    Likes Received:
    6,985
    Trophy Points:
    294
    LOCATION:
    USA
    I know what you mean ...

    When I saw this recent story I could have sworn I'd seen a photo of (and explanation for ...) the 'Alien' gargoyle some years ago.

    ... But I couldn't find any evidence to prove it.
     
  10. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,692
    Likes Received:
    6,985
    Trophy Points:
    294
    LOCATION:
    USA
  11. escargot

    escargot Beloved of Ra

    Messages:
    22,053
    Likes Received:
    12,017
    Trophy Points:
    309
    LOCATION:
    Farkham Hall
    What a stunning gargoyle that is. 8)

    Weren't some new ones installed somewhere a while ago in the shape of the head of the then Archbishop of Canterbury or something? The Alien one is much more interesting.
     
  12. oldrover

    oldrover Justified & Ancient

    Messages:
    3,868
    Likes Received:
    1,219
    Trophy Points:
    159
    LOCATION:
    Wales
    That's a coincidence, completely independently of this thread I posted a link to this gargoyle over on cryptozoology yesterday, along with some other modern replacements, including another more elaborate 'Alien'.

    http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/po ... chitecture
     
  13. Moooksta

    Moooksta Muppet

    Messages:
    2,503
    Likes Received:
    572
    Trophy Points:
    113
    LOCATION:
    Muppet Labs
  14. blessmycottonsocks

    blessmycottonsocks Justified & Ancient

    Messages:
    1,977
    Likes Received:
    2,387
    Trophy Points:
    154
    It's still doing the rounds on Pinterest, with claims that it's an original 12th century gargoyle:

    PSX_20181011_151943.jpg PSX_20181011_150931.jpg
     
    AlchoPwn, XEPER_, Swifty and 2 others like this.
  15. Swifty

    Swifty doesn't negotiate with terriers

    Messages:
    20,700
    Likes Received:
    21,118
    Trophy Points:
    284
    Gieger did a lot of sculptures for his home as well as for at least one bar, my best guess would be the gargoyle's from one of those buildings?.
     
  16. XEPER_

    XEPER_ Abominable Snowman

    Messages:
    618
    Likes Received:
    487
    Trophy Points:
    69
    LOCATION:
    Glasgow
  17. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

    Messages:
    6,642
    Likes Received:
    6,973
    Trophy Points:
    279
  18. escargot

    escargot Beloved of Ra

    Messages:
    22,053
    Likes Received:
    12,017
    Trophy Points:
    309
    LOCATION:
    Farkham Hall
    This shows how quickly the origins of art works can be forgotten. There are modern gargoyles representing other famous figures and people, so who's to say how they will be interpreted in the future?

    Reminds me of the photos someone on'ere came across of Hitler cavorting with strippers. I saw those photos in a newspaper at the time they were taken; they were publicity shots for a German stage comedy.

    However, people seemed to want to believe they were actual evidence of Hitler's secret life with his friends the showgirls, as if that could have been a secret for all these years.
     
    EnolaGaia and oldrover like this.
  19. blessmycottonsocks

    blessmycottonsocks Justified & Ancient

    Messages:
    1,977
    Likes Received:
    2,387
    Trophy Points:
    154
    Here's another good example, which also pops up regularly on Quora and Pinterest as an alleged OOPART. It's a carving on the medieval cathedral of Salamanca in Spain:

    PSX_20181012_083419.jpg

    Plenty of woo factor there eh?
    .... except the astronaut carving was added in 1993 during renovation work, when the stonemason, a señor Garcia, was given the remit to create a few modern images.
     
    escargot, AlchoPwn and EnolaGaia like this.
  20. oldrover

    oldrover Justified & Ancient

    Messages:
    3,868
    Likes Received:
    1,219
    Trophy Points:
    159
    LOCATION:
    Wales
    I find the gas masked gargoyle from the link I posted above the most unsettling.
     
  21. jimv1

    jimv1 Analogue Boy

    Messages:
    8,730
    Likes Received:
    5,797
    Trophy Points:
    294
    So in answer to the original question.... er... no.
    Case closed.
     
  22. blessmycottonsocks

    blessmycottonsocks Justified & Ancient

    Messages:
    1,977
    Likes Received:
    2,387
    Trophy Points:
    154
    Could have sworn I posted this yesterday.
    As you can never get enough Half Man Half Biscuit, here goes again with this very on-topic song (but who is Bob Todd asks the American contingent...).

     
  23. escargot

    escargot Beloved of Ra

    Messages:
    22,053
    Likes Received:
    12,017
    Trophy Points:
    309
    LOCATION:
    Farkham Hall
    That's beautiful! Really elegant.

    There's a gargoyle representing one of the recent Archbishops of Canterbury on some English cathedral, complete with NHS issue-looking specs. I think an element of humour is allowed in this particular highly-skilled field.
     
    Frideswide likes this.
  24. pandacracker

    pandacracker Devoted Cultist

    Messages:
    148
    Likes Received:
    251
    Trophy Points:
    79
    I find it quite "touching" (not sure if that's the right word) that artists create amazing pieces that so few people get a close look at.

    I'm not usually pedantic but just a quick reminder about the difference between gargoyles and grotesques.

    http://www.crystalinks.com/gargoyles.html
     
    David Plankton likes this.
  25. henry

    henry still speeding

    Messages:
    2,736
    Likes Received:
    1,167
    Trophy Points:
    219
    LOCATION:
    UK Again
    supposed to resemble the creature that burst out of john hurts chest i believe rather than the fullsize alien

    imagesABSNUAXS.jpg
     
  26. Swifty

    Swifty doesn't negotiate with terriers

    Messages:
    20,700
    Likes Received:
    21,118
    Trophy Points:
    284
    I met John Hurt a few times :)

    You used to also be able to buy a 3D foam latex alien chest burster T Shirt in the 80's btw ..
     
  27. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

    Messages:
    24,238
    Likes Received:
    7,629
    Trophy Points:
    284
    Someone in my PE class at school had a T-shirt of that!
     
    Swifty likes this.

Share This Page