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Thursday 18 September 2014

Harry Hill unveils Gromit sculpture

Harry Hill has made a giant sculpture of animated dog Gromit

Award-winning comedian Harry Hill is to unveil his giant sculpture of Gromit - the popular plasticine dog from the animated series.

The eager artist's design is the first to be shown in Bristol as part of a Gromit Unleashed project, which will see around 70 giant Gromits spring up across the city for ten weeks from July 1.

The three-time Bafta winner was visiting the Aardman Studios to reveal his 1.5 metre high sculpture to Wallace and Gromit's creator Nick Park.

His sculpture is the first from around 40 artists local to Bristol, which will all be auctioned to raise money for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.

The TV Burp presenter, who had an exhibition at the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2012, will also be given a tour of Aardman's £7.7 million Gas Ferry Road headquarters.

Other sculptures by famous names include Gromit's creator Nick Park, Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, Raymond Briggs, the man behind The Snowman, Axel Scheffler, who drew the children's character The Gruffalo, and the inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Bayliss.

Of the colourful designs chosen, one includes a baboon, another a Union Jack, and others which refer to Bristol themes. More than 500 designs were entered from around the world.

Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal has already pledged £3.5 million for an intraoperative MRI scanner, family facilities, and children's artwork at Bristol Children's Hospital.

The Gromit Unleashed Project is being run with Wild in Art, an arts company which specialises in mass participation events in cities, and lasts from July 1 to September 7 in Bristol. A selection of other sculptures were also being unveiled.

The winner of seven British Comedy Awards, Harry Hill performed his live sell-out show 'Sausage Time' at Bristol Colston Hall on Tuesday night.

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