Gromit Unleashed is the new public arts trail that will soon lead visitors and art enthusiasts through the Bristol streets this summer. It is expected to be one of the most anticipated attractions of the decade.
Wallace & Gromit will be the faceplate of a national Visit England campaign that kicks off this summer and is aimed at encouraging people in the UK to stay at home for their holidays. Visitors that head to Bristol will get the special treat of seeing a re-imagined vision of Gromit by many artists and celebrities.
80 individually-designed giant sculptures of Gromit will populate the city for ten weeks from 1st July in the first major public art trail to feature an internationally-renowned character.
The sculptures have been decorated by iconic designers including Sir Paul Smith and Cath Kidston, Gromit creator Nick Park, comedian Harry Hill, author and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, the man behind The Snowman, Raymond Briggs, and Axel Scheffler, who helped create children’s favourite The Gruffalo.
After the trail, the giant, 5ft Gromit sculptures will be auctioned off to the highest bidders in aid of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.
All funds from Gromit Unleashed will go towards the charity’s appeal to support the expansion of Bristol Children’s Hospital, one of the leading multi-disciplinary children’s hospitals in the UK.