Darth Vader Gargoyle at Washington National Cathedral

Sometimes reading a Dan Brown novel yields some pretty interesting facts. Case in point: a key part of the engaging – albiet poorly written- story involves “Luke’s Dark Father.”

At first I was like No Way. And then I was like Way. There actually is a sculpture of Darth Vader included in the construction of this neo-cathedral.

In the 1980s, while the west towers were under construction, Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World Magazine. The third-place winner was Christopher Rader, with his drawing of that fearful villain, Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral.

He’s kind of difficult to spot, but there are hints at the link. Also claimed to be in the structure are stones from Mount Sinai and a moon rock.

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6 Responses to Darth Vader Gargoyle at Washington National Cathedral

  1. Mark says:

    The Moon Rock is actually in a Stained Glass piece. I remember seeing it when I was a kid.

  2. kylee says:

    Darth Vader should stick to selling mobile phones in Japan :)

    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/darth-vader-appears-at-shibuya-109-tokyo-japan/

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Patrick Plunkett is an amazing stone sculptor whose talent can used to create be both modern and historic. Thanks for sharing this tidbit with us.

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