Koala Gargoyle

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Title

Koala Gargoyle

Subject

animal, Australian animal, Australian War Memorial, cast, Commemorative Courtyard, gargoyle, koala, medieval architecture, Melbourne, model, ornamentation, plaster cast, Raymond Ewers, sandstone, sculpture, William Leslie Bowles, war, war memorial, water.

Description

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a koala. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone gargoyle in the cloisters of the Commemorative Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial. Gargoyles were a common feature in medieval architecture. They were used to divert running water away from buildings before drainpipes became commonplace.

Creator

Bowles, Leslie (Artist);
Ewers, Raymond Boultwood (Cast by)

Source

Australian War Memorial

Publisher

Australian War Memorial

Date

1939

Rights

Australian War Memorial

Format

Hyperlink

Type

Photograph

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Citation

“Koala Gargoyle,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed June 19, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/31.