For years now, any sci-fi film buffs who have visited Paisley Abbey in Scotland may have been startled by an unnervingly familiar sight. You see, one of the decorative carvings on the centuries-old building’s exterior bears a striking resemblance to an all-too-recognizable movie monster. Now, however, the mystery of how the gargoyle came to be looks to have been resolved once and for all.
Paisley, in the Scottish county of Renfrewshire, is situated seven miles away from Glasgow. But while it has a population of more than 77,000 citizens, it’s still officially classed as a town. Even so, that did not stop the locals from organizing a campaign for Paisley to win the U.K. City of Culture title for 2021. And while ultimately unsuccessful, the bid did reflect the regeneration that the area is currently undergoing.