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Eyes of a Child

Most of the grotesques in American cities are situated in the Northeast and the Midwest, and were created in the years between 1890 and 1930. "But I've seen some beautiful gargoyles in places like Austin, Texas," says stone carver and sculptor Walter S. Arnold, whose work graces the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., among many other buildings across the U.S. and Canada. When the Great Depression hit in the early 1930s, contractors stopped embellishing residential buildings with grotesques, save for unapologetically opulent projects. This is a child's face, a common architectural theme.
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