My Favorite Gargoyle Statues for Modern Garden Design
Gargoyle statues first became popular in medieval times when they were originally designed as waterspouts, an architectural necessity transformed into a functional fantasy. These grotesque statues adorned the buildings of western Europe, peering down from cathedrals, churches, houses, and town halls—a society of stone creatures perched high above the workaday world.
Today, gargoyle statues are mostly ornamental in function, taking visitors to your garden on a journey to Italy, France, or Spain and giving your garden an ancient, timeless look. Gargoyles in the garden can be used to shock, surprise, and entertain you and your guests. Gargoyle garden statues are believed to offer protection from evil, and there are many avid collectors of these fascinating and mystical creatures today.
Small Gargoyle Garden Statues
There are a range of small gargoyle garden statues that can fit into your garden design. The appeal of these sculptures depends largely on your emotional response to them. What matters most is that your gargoyle means something to you.
I "adopted" a Dedo Gargoyle Statue to sit by my front door. He always makes me smile as he sits watching over those who visit, and I get many compliments on him. He is made of fiber stone, a stone casting with fiberglass reinforcing, which makes it more durable than concrete.
People who own this Winged Cat Gargoyle describe it as an "awesome, eye-catching conversation piece." It can sit outdoors in a flower bed or inside on the mantle piece over the fireplace, on the book shelf, or on the coffee table. The winged cat gargoyle is made of cold cast resin, so it is lightweight but maintains an aged look.
Alternatively, you might like this winged Cat Gargoyle lying on top of your computer or bookshelf. This makes the perfect gift for anyone who loves cats, fantasy, or Dungeons & Dragons. This cat gargoyle is made of poly resin with an ancient, carved-from-stone look.
This Emmett the Gargoyle statue is by Design Toscano and boasts his lineage as one of the original medieval creatures that pensively perched on European rooftops and turrets. This cute, muscular gargoyle is cast in quality resin with an aged and weathered grey stone finish to look truly authentic. He is a favorite with collectors.
The Darling Baby Gargoyle serves a practical function as a wine bottle holder, or you can use it to hold your liquor or olive oil bottle. This cute gargoyle statue looks like it is made of pewter, but it is cold cast resin, which has a much cheaper price tag! This adorable gargoyle is very detailed and would make the perfect gift for any gargoyle lovers.
This Demon Wall Climbing Gargoyle is a wickedly scary climbing demon and looks great on walls, doors, and patios. I have one of these gargoyles climbing the brick wall of my back patio, where he entertains visitors with his impish face.
Unique Garden Gargoyles You Can Own
Here is a further selection of gargoyles, including some larger gargoyle statues to really make an impact in your garden. Large gargoyle statues can become a focal point at the end of a pathway or sitting beside the pool. They can frighten, surprise, or amuse your guests, transporting them back to medieval times where gargoyles first appeared as a "sermon in stone" to a largely illiterate Pagan population.
Large gargoyle statues also look great at the entrance to a driveway, sitting at your front door, or inside by the fireplace. Gargoyles are often placed upon a pedestal in the garden, and some are designed to look down on your visitors while they are climbing the wall!
I have also added a few more favourites that are not so large but can still make a statement in your home or garden.
The Brass Baron D645VL is a solid bronze garden sculpture featuring a detailed winged dog-like gargoyle. This statue has a traditional Verdigris green patina finish, which has been applied by hand. It can be left outdoors in all climates and looks magnificent in any garden design.
This Large Gothic Style Gargoyle "Gaston" is a Design Toscano statue by artist Liam Manchester. Created in traditional Gothic style, this gargoyle is reminiscent of the famous gargoyles who climbed the medieval cathedrals of Europe to taunt passersby. Created in quality designer resin, this gargoyle looks great clawing its way to the top of your castle or hanging from a tree or garden wall.
The Spitting Gargoyle of Notre Dame is a replica of the famous gargoyle that sits atop Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It is made from fiber stone, which is lightweight and more durable than concrete, and carefully stained for an aged appearance. Perfect for outdoors and all-weather conditions. Add a piece of history to your garden.
I love the Emmett Fiber Stone Gargoyle. With his whimsical look, he is sure to delight all visitors to your garden. He looks perfect nestled under a tree or on a small pedestal amongst a flower bed. A medium-size gargoyle statue in fiber stone, this statue is handmade to order and is suitable for outdoor use.
The Evil Winged Devil Gargoyle is designed to ward off evil spirits from your home. In medieval times, it was believed that gargoyles with wings would come alive at night and fly around the town, protecting the townsfolk, churches, and buildings.
Draga the Gargoyle Vampire is a striking gargoyle statue to really make a statement in your garden. Designed by neo-Gothic artist Sandra Lira, it stands as a ferocious Gothic sentinel ready to swoop down at any moment! With sharpened fangs, muscled arms, and sinewy form, this vampire sculpture captures the macabre spirit of Hungarian vampire legend. Cast in quality designer resin.
Socrates The Thinker Gargoyle is a large gargoyle statue cast in quality designer resin. With a good degree of sculptural detail, this muscular gargoyle has a menacing presence when flanking a garden path or sitting beside a stately fireplace. Socrates comes with a pedestal in a two-tone stone finish.
The Guardian Winged Dragon Gargoyle takes us back to medieval times when ancient architects and stone carvers used gargoyles on buildings to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. Made of cold cast resin, this awesome winged dragon gargoyle is perfect for scaring away evil spirits and negative energy around your home. It looks great on bookshelves, end tables, and nightstands.
The Cathedral Gargoyle has tall horns, spiny claws, a menacing face, and muscular wings. He's a Gothic-style beast that teeters on his haunches and appears ready to strike. This fearsome gargoyle is cast in quality designer resin with a faux stone finish. It is often sold as a set of two.