What is a 19th Century Roman Gothic structure in the Washington National Cathedral?

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Washington National Cathedral has a sculpture of Darth Vader on the northwest side of the Cathedral. The villain from the Star Wars franchise was placed high on the northwest tower of the Cathedral, fulfilling the role of a traditional grotesque. The creation was added in the 1980’s after the architects decided to have a contest for children to create the grotesque for the tower. The sculpture of Darth Vader can be found at http://www.nationalcathedral.org/about/darthVader.shtml

A grotesque is a decorative figure that originated in the style of Ancient Rome. It then spread to Italy and Europe and since the 18th century a grotesque has been used to describe a strange, ugly, unpleasant, shape or form. Grotesque forms are seen on most Gothic-style buildings.

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