Sculpting Gargoyles With Jay Hall Carpenter - Atlas Obscura

Silver Spring, Maryland

Sculpting Gargoyles With Jay Hall Carpenter

In collaboration with No Access Washington, DC, join us as we visit the home workshop of the sculptor whose talented hands have brought to life Kermit the Frog, Amelia Earhart, and Darth Vader.

You may not know Jay Hall Carpenter's name but you know the work he's done with his hands. The local sculptor is responsible for many of the area's most famed stone monuments and sculptures. Look up at the National Cathedral to see hundreds of his gargoyles, including the masked Darth Vader. Walk on to the University of Maryland campus to see his memorial to Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson the human. Take a trip to the Talbot County Courthouse in Easton, Maryland to see his statue of Frederick Douglass addressing an invisible audience. Carpenter's work also adorns college campuses, churches, and public buildings across the country.

In conjunction with No Access Washington, DC, spend a very special Sunday morning with us in the home studio of the hands behind these incredible works of art. There, attendees will get to tour the studio, ask Carpenter questions about his craft, and observe him chiseling away at a gargoyle. 

Also on hand (pun intended) will be author/photographer Beth Kanter and photographer Emily Goodstein of No Access Washington, DC, which tells the story of the nation’s capital through places in, near, under, over, and around the city in words and images. Having helped arrange this exclusive event, Kanter and Goodstein will be selling and signing their book, which features Carpenter's home studio and dozens of other hidden DC spots and behind-the-scenes treasures. 

Additional Details:

  • There are two tour times for this event, 10:00 am & 11:45 am. Your ticket grants you entry only to the tour time that you've selected.
  • In the interest of maintaining privacy, we will send the exact studio location to ticket holders several days prior to the event. 
  • This event is somewhat accessible via public transportation, located about a mile's walk of Forest Glen Metro. 
  • For those who do decide to drive, street parking is available. 
  • This event is family-friendly, though due to the delicate nature of the work, we ask that no one under the age of 11 attend this event. 


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