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Darth Vader The Star Wars Villain on the Northwest Tower of Washington National Cathedral
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Posted on 02/10/2009 2:44:56 PM PST by JoeProBono

In the 1980s, while the west towers were construction, Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World Magazine. The third-place winner was Christopher Rader, with his drawing of that fearful villain, Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Miscellaneous; Religion; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: architecture; darthvader; gargoyles; iamyourfather; luke; nationalcathedral; starwars


1 posted on 02/10/2009 2:44:56 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
I never could understand the purpose of the gargoyles on the Natn'l Cathedral.

Seems a little too flip for a house of God.

2 posted on 02/10/2009 2:54:11 PM PST by skeeter
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To: JoeProBono

Hey! That’s all wrong! Don’t they know I’m black?


3 posted on 02/10/2009 2:56:18 PM PST by darth
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To: darth
"Don’t they know I’m black?"

Are you certain?


4 posted on 02/10/2009 3:08:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

.....cool.


5 posted on 02/10/2009 3:09:40 PM PST by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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To: skeeter

A web page from one of the stone carvers at the Cathedral:

http://www.stonecarver.com/cathedral.html.

Gargoyles had a purpose initially, they also were sometimes used to tell a story, much like stained glass windows in a medieval church. Now they are mostly decorative. I don’t have a problem with them, since gargoyles are consistent with how cathedrals have been built for hundreds of years. The cathedral is built to the glory of God, but it is for the people. If the people want Darth Vader, then why not have it there? Vader provides a meaningful image of evil in our time.


6 posted on 02/10/2009 3:23:52 PM PST by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: JoeProBono
Here's a more evil gargoyle, obviously on his way to Capital Hill to lobby for bailout money:

7 posted on 02/10/2009 3:29:51 PM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: radiohead; All
There was a lengthy article about this in Smithsonian a buncha years ago. It was all about the stonemasons and how they made the various things on the cathedral. Pretty cool guys; there was a father/son team. If I remember, Vader was added because it was something evil people could recognize, plus the "wow, we're cool for doing this" factor.

Nowadays, Hillary! would scare my socks off. Or a copy of Porkulus....

8 posted on 02/10/2009 3:30:47 PM PST by Othniel (Kirk: Don't trust them. Don't believe them. Spock: They're dying. Kirk: LET THEM DIE.)
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To: Mr. Know It All
At times like this, I would like to stump for MY candidate:

VADER 2012: In your heart, you KNOW he's right!

9 posted on 02/10/2009 3:31:02 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: Mr. Know It All

They put Helen Thomas on the National CathedrAL?


10 posted on 02/10/2009 3:38:04 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Clemenza

How ‘bout: “Vader! Getting the job done since long, long ago...”


11 posted on 02/10/2009 3:39:28 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Clemenza

“Vader: I wasn’t your first President, but I’ll be your last.”.


12 posted on 02/10/2009 3:40:27 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Clemenza
VADER 2012: In your heart, you KNOW he's right!

Or...VADER 2012: Rule the country as father and voter!

Or something like that...

13 posted on 02/10/2009 3:43:06 PM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: skeeter

Those are the demons riding on your shoulder. They hop off and what for you while you’re inside. If you get right with God, those demons don’t get back on your shoulder as your leave church.


14 posted on 02/10/2009 4:13:57 PM PST by donna (Tucson Sector Agents, arrested 60,189 illegal aliens during the first 4-months of Fiscal Year 2009)
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To: donna

That should be:

They hop off and WAIT for you while you’re inside.


15 posted on 02/10/2009 4:15:03 PM PST by donna (Tucson Sector Agents, arrested 60,189 illegal aliens during the first 4-months of Fiscal Year 2009)
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To: donna

Hm. Interesting, thanks.


16 posted on 02/10/2009 4:27:30 PM PST by skeeter
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To: JoeProBono

17 posted on 02/10/2009 4:59:00 PM PST by PERKY2004 (Proud Military Wife -- my DH is in his 26th year of military service! PRAY 4 OUR TROOPS!)
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To: PzLdr

OMG, it does look a bit like Helen Thomas. Maybe she saw her reflection in a mirror and turned to stone!


18 posted on 02/10/2009 6:21:00 PM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: Clemenza

VADER 2012: In your heart, you KNOW he’s right!

I like it!


19 posted on 02/10/2009 6:54:12 PM PST by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: KnutKase

(ping)
Thought you’d like this.


20 posted on 02/11/2009 8:19:34 AM PST by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: JoeProBono
Just a point of order (on which even many modern dictionaries are confused):

A gargoyle is one of those weird carvings that also serves as a rainspout.

If the weird carving is purely decorative, it's a grotesque.

Darth is a grotesque. The lobbyist pictured in #7 appears to be an actual gargoyle.

21 posted on 02/11/2009 8:24:42 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: JoeProBono

Come to the Dark Side: We Have Cake

22 posted on 02/11/2009 8:25:18 AM PST by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: Eepsy; Daffynition

23 posted on 02/11/2009 10:15:51 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Eepsy; Daffynition

24 posted on 02/11/2009 10:15:51 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

25 posted on 02/11/2009 1:02:35 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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