Walk about the city and look up. Carved into the stone are any number of grotesques and reliefs. If you are very lucky you may even spot a gargoyle. A new exhibition has just opened at the Angel Row Library celebrating this fading architectural art form.
Photographer Adam Mckillop says “If you look up at a gargoyle, grotesque or relief there’s a very good chance that it will be looking right back at you, through eyes that have ‘watched’ endlessly for hundreds of years…”
I say that a trip to the library to view this exhibition is a must for anyone interested in Nottingham’s architectural heritage. The crystal clear crisp images take all of the neck ache and bumping into things out of grotesque spotting. A good game to play whilst you are at the exhibition is the “Have I seen it?” game. If you haven’t then keep a sharp weathered eye out next time you are in the vicinity.
For more information about the exhibition and about Nottingham’s fine collection of gargoyles, grotesques and reliefs please visit http://www.fadingfaces.org/