Gromit Unleashed on the Gloucester Road!

James Koch Photography

Monday this week saw the beginning of an exciting summer of art with streets and landmarks in and around Bristol decorated with 80 customised Gromit sculptures as part of Gromit Unleashed, a project aiming to raise funds for Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

Gromit Unleashed has seen the five foot sculptures of everyone’s favourite Aardman pooch take pride of place in various places around the city until September 8th when they will be auctioned off to raise funds for Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the official charity of Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Designed by 80 artists including competition winners, celebrities such as Cath Kidston and Sir Paul Smith and even animation studio Pixar, the high profile project aims to take you on a trail around Bristol destinations including Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain and Millennium Square.

Even our very own Gloucester Road has been awarded a canine visitor; a Gromit entitled ‘Feathers’ has been designed by local artist Dave Bain (pictured above) and has taken up residence outside Nailsea Electrical. Dave is delighted to have ‘Feathers’ adorn the Gloucester Road and told Bishopston Matters, “The Grand Appeal is such a worthy charitable cause and having grown up watching Wallace & Gromit, it was a wonderful part of my childhood so it’s a bit of a dream to get to paint a scaled-up verson of Gromit!”

It’s easy to keep an eye on your progress as you spot each Gromit on the trail with free ‘passports’ and stamps at six passport stops around the city (including M-Shed, Windmill Hill City Farm and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway) and with Aardman’s app ‘Detect-O-Gromit’ which is available now on both Apple and Android’s app stores.

To find out more about Gromit Unleashed, visit http://www.gromitunleashed.org.uk/ and look out for our interview with Dave Bain in September’s issue of Bishopston Matters.

Michaela Parker for Bishopston Matters

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