A gryphon is a mythological beast that served to guard ancient treasure. Gryphon fountain is surrounded by elaborate ironwork featuring profiles of famous statesmen and poets. This ironwork was originally located at the Barclay-Wetter House. The original terra cotta gryphon fountain (c 1889) in front of the Cotton Exchange was destroyed in 2008. It took over 10 months to form the mold to have it reconstructed. The new concrete replica was rededicated in December 2009.