Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Huge Gromit statues head to Bristol

Lauren Vincent, of Gromit Unleashed, poses with sculptures painted by Sir Paul Smith, Cath Kidston, Richard Williams and Simon Tofield

Dozens of giant Gromit sculptures will arrive in Bristol to form a public arts trail around the city.

The 5ft tall Gromits have been decorated by artists, celebrities and designers including Sir Quentin Blake, Jools Holland and Cath Kidston.

Some of the 80 sculptures will be driven into Bristol on the harbour steam train by Nick Park, the creator of Wallace & Gromit.

They will be installed at key locations across the city today and over the weekend to form the Gromit Unleashed trail, which will be launched on Monday.

Gromit Unleashed, which has been organised by Aardman Animations and the Bristol Children's Hospital charity, Wallace & Gromit's Grant Appeal, will run for 10 weeks.

The sculptures have been individually designed by famous names in art, animation and entertainment, such as The Royal Mint, Joanna Lumley and Sir Paul Smith.

Around 40 local artists from Bristol and the South West will also take part in Gromit Unleashed, demonstrating creative talent in the area with their wide-ranging designs.

Individual businesses have sponsored the sculptures, which will be auctioned on October 3.

Funds raised will go towards Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal's campaign to support the expansion of Bristol Children's Hospital.

The Grand Appeal has pledged to raise an initial £3.5 million for state-of-the-art equipment, family facilities and child-friendly artwork to enhance the £31 million investment in the hospital by the NHS.

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