OPT and the Design a Gargoyle competition

OPT and the University worked together in a creative partnership to encourage young people to engage with the city’s heritage and learn about the gargoyles and grotesques. In a competition to design their own gargoyles, based around Oxford’s literary history, there were nine winners selected\. Who would have foreseen that this would lead to their creations carved by local sculptors Alec and Fiona Peevor, put up on the famous Bodleian Library and unveiled by Philip Pullman who added to the drama by telling his own story of the gargoyles coming to life. Don’t forget to go and find the gargoyles for yourself. See if you can spot the likes of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Dodo, or Three Men in a Boat ...

A competition to design a new plinth to mark Darwin’s 150 anniversary was won by schoolgirl Poppy Simonson and unveiled outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at the 2010 Oxford Open Doors.