Architectural ornament takes many forms – from modest moldings to elaborate scenes and figures within a pediment or atop a cornice. One of the most delightful ornaments is the mascaron or mask, which might be realistically human or fantastic or grotesque. These faces are generally terra cotta, and may be repeating (the same face used two or more times) or unique. They add character to buildings around the borough….
New York’s architecture is richly adorned with terra cotta figures – realistic and fanciful – with expressions that are forever frozen. Some are deeply symbolic, some are merely decorative, and some are decidedly the architect having some fun.
I decided to have a little more fun by giving these characters voices. Stay tuned – more to come.