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A 'grotesque' scene
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'Goofy' might be a better descriptor, but these seabird statues lining an outer wall of an Ecuadorian cathedral are called 'grotesques'—the architectural term for a statue ornamenting the side of a building. But hang on…don't we call those 'gargoyles'? Not exactly. Gargoyles are simply grotesques that boast a specific, practical feature: spouts that convey water from rain gutters away from the building.
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