Gargoyles are statues that are designed to convey water from a building’s roof. The water would usually run through a channel on the back of the gargoyle and out through a spout in its mouth.

These gargoyles are made out of paper to using them to discharge water is probably not a good idea.

Nonetheless they look quite awesome and I’ve seen enough origami gargoyles now to make this post.

We’ll start this post off with this imposing gargoyle by Tong Liu.

Tong Liu's Gargoyle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gt-liu/8320995067/

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Tong Liu

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a great little gargoyle design by Andrés.

Small Paper Gargoyle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/23485100362/

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Andrés Lozano

Diagrams available from Andrés Lozano’s website

 

Here’s a very tiny version of  Alessadro Beber’s gargoyle. I definitely don’t think I could fold something like this so small.

Tiny Gargoyle by Xu Daniel
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106934544@N05/13811668504/

Gargoyle, Designed by Alessadro Beber and Folded by Xu Daniel

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 20th Convention book

 

This is an updated version of Andrés Lozano’s design.

Bat-like Gargoyle
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56723190@N02/15385937437/

Gargoyle 1.1, Designed and Folded by Andrés Lozano

Instructions not available

 

Here’s a larger version of Alessandro Beber’s Gargoyle and you can really make out all the amazing details in the design.

Gargoyle 2.1 by Alessandro Beber

Gargoyle, Designed by Alessandro Beber and Folded by Анатолий Кириченко

Diagrams available in the Origami Tanteidan 20th Convention book

 

José Anibal Voyer designed this great little gargoyle mask.

Gárgola - José Anibal Voyer

Gargoyle Mask, Designed by José Anibal Voyer and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagrams available in The Book of Folded Paper Masks

 

Here’s another fantastic gargoyle mask design from Tom Defoirdt.

Gargoyle head

Gargoyle Mask, Designed and Folded by Tom Defoirdt

Instructions not available

 

This is Hoàng Trung Thành’s gargoyle design folded incredibly small by Xu Daniel.

Origami Gargoyle

Gargoyle, Designed by Hoàng Trung Thành and Folded by Xu Daniel

Crease pattern available from Hoàng Trung Thành’s Flickr

Image source

 

Here’s a great traditional looking gargoyle that you could totally see perched on the corner of a roof somewhere.

Gargoyle - Kingori

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Thong Nguyen Nguyen

Instructions not available

 

Andrey Ermakov’s gargoyle is definitely one of the most impressive designs I’ve seen. It’s folded from one single sheet of paper and this one took him 15 hours to fold.

gargoyle op.75 (version 2)

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Crease pattern available from Andrey Ermakov’s Flickr

 

Here’s another great version of Andrés Lozano’s gargoyle.

Origami Gargoyle

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Andrés Lozano

Instructions not available

 

Tran Trung Hieu designed this fantastic gargoyle that definitely looks like something you could see on the corner of a roof.

Gargoyle

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Tran Trung Hieu

Instructions not available

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Alessandro Beber has also designed an absolutely fantastic paper gargoyle.

Gargoyle 3.7 (1:sqrt2, 2011-2016)

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Alessandro Beber

Crease pattern available from Alessandro Beber’s Flickr

 

Here’s another view of Alessandro Beber’s gargoyle folded by a different artist.

Gargoyle 2.1 - folded by Andrew Sohn

Gargoyle, Designed by Alessandro Beber and Folded by Andrew Sohn

Crease pattern available from Alessandro Beber’s Flickr

 

This is the earlier 2.1 version of Alessandro Beber’s origami gargoyle.

Gargoyle 2.1 #1

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Alessandro Beber

Crease pattern available from Alessandro Beber’s Flickr

 

Here’s a fantastic gargoyle design by Hubert Villeneuve that he designed for an origami challenge.

Gargouille

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Hubert Villeneuve

Instructions not available

 

Here’s another excellent gargoyle mask design.

Goblin Gargoyle Mask - Rikki Donachie

Gargoyle Mask, Designed by Rikki Donachie and Folded by Rui Roda

Diagram available in BOS Magazine #243

 

Our final model for this post is this incredible Gargoyle by Andrey Ermakov. He created this as part of a contest to honour the great origami artist Eric Joisel who passed away in 2010.

Unfortunately this model didn’t win the contest and I can’t imagine what the winning model must have looked like.

gargoyle op.75 (version 4)

Gargoyle, Designed and Folded by Andrey Ermakov

Crease pattern available from Andrey Ermakov’s Flickr

 

Which one of these paper gargoyles was your favourite? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out these artists on Flickr as well.