The Acceptable Face of Designer Dogs
On 1 July 80 handpainted 5′ tall Gromits will appear on the streets of Bristol, Gromit’s home town. Originally created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations, these individual designed artworks will be found across Bristol until September 8th as an outdoor art exhibition trail. They will be auctioned in October to raise funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital through Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, a long-standing supporter of the hospital. Anyone wanting to own one of these unique works of art can register on the Gromit Unleashed website.
There will be an app associated with Gromit Unleashed and all funds raised by the app will go towards the charity appeal. The idea will be to find all the Gromits around Bristol, like a huge I-Spy or Where’s Wally?
Invited artists and celebrities were given a Gromit to decorate and the BBC had a sneak preview today. Pixar produced Buzz Lightyear Gromit, Axel Scheffler a Gruffalo inspired Gromit, Cath Kidston an iconically pretty Gromit and Peter Blake a Roald Dahl Gromit. The Beano’s Gromit is a montage of The Bash Street Kids, particularly appropriate as it was the Beano that inspired Nick to animations.
This is the third outdoor exhibition of its kind in the West Country. Bath hosted 104 King Bladud’s Pigs in 2008 and last year 60 Swans were displayed as the Swans of Wells exhibition around the city. Even if you weren’t planning to visit Bristol this year it may well be worth a trip to see these amazing designer dogs.