Philip Pullman unveiled daemon sculpture in the Lower Garden on the 22 May 2019. The Oxford Botanic Garden was the setting for crucial scenes in his novel sequence His Dark Materials.
The stainless steel sculpture is the work of sculptor Julian Warren and depicts the famous ‘daemons’ of this His Dark Materials. Situated behind the ‘Lyra and Will’s bench’ where the books’ principal characters enjoy a number of meetings.
This sculpture joins another in the Garden, the grinning Cheshire Cat of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, tucked away in the Literary Woodland in the Walled Garden.
The works are designed to stir people’s interest in horticulture through the medium of literature.
Read more about the unveiling in the Oxford Times.