Darth Vader grotesque

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Darth Vader grotesque
Darth vader grotesque.jpg
Year 1980
Type Limestone
Location Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°55′50″N 77°04′17″W / 38.9305°N 77.0715°W / 38.9305; -77.0715
Owner Washington National Cathedral

The Darth Vader grotesque is a limestone grotesque by Jay Hall Carpenter. It is located at the Washington National Cathedral, Northwest, Washington, D.C., United States.[1][2]

The Darth Vader grotesque is one of many grotesques that are part of the National Cathedral's rain control system. The grotesques deflect rainwater by bouncing it off the tops of their heads and away from the stone walls.[3]

In the 1980s, during the construction of the northwest tower, Christopher Rader won third-place in a National Geographic World magazine contest for children, with his drawing of Star Wars villain Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter and the stonecarver was Patrick J. Plunkett.[4] The Darth Vader grotesque is difficult to see with the naked eye, and binoculars are generally needed to spot it.[5]


  1. ^ "Darth Vader at the National Cathedral". Stationstart.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Darth Vader Grotesques - National Cathedral - All Things Star Wars on Waymarking.com". Waymarking.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "What does Darth Vader have to do with the Cathedral?" (PDF). Extremecraft.typepad.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Washington National Cathedral : Darth Vader". Nationalcathedral.org. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Darth Vader 'Gargoyle' - Washington National Cathedral" (PDF). Cathedral.org. Retrieved 6 October 2017.