Religion: Fun on the Steeple

The pride of Holland's city of Arnhem is a sturdy 11th century Gothic structure called the Eusebius Church. Badly damaged during World War II, this Dutch Reformed church has gradually been rebuilt in strict accordance to medieval style. But when Architect Theo Verlaan came along to rebuild the steeple, things changed fast.

One of Verlaan's assistants was a sculptor named Hendrik Vreeling. Last winter he began to think about the gargoyles that Verlaan had planned to surround the steeple at the 230-foot mark. Why not, Vreeling suggested, have a little fun with the job by imitating the medieval builders and carving some...

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