EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE CARTOON DOG has just slipped his leash and taken Bristol by storm. Everyone’s talking about the 80 beautiful giant-sized sculptures of Gromit, which have been individually decorated by a host of artists and comedians.



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Nick Park: 80 Gromits, 10 weeks, 1 city, from 1 July to 8 Sept 2013


Aardman’s Nick Park and Peter Lord have painted their own Gromits and chose a cracking team to decorate the rest. These include iconic

designers Sir Paul Smith, and Cath Kidston (her leader of the pack is covered in flowers). Simon Tofield, the award-winning illustrator and

animator behind the Simon’s Cat cartoons has covered Gromit in

cats and Disney’s ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ animation director Richard Williams has also painted a Gromit.



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Joanna Lumley has written fragments of poetry she loved as a child on her colourful Gromit



Other artists include Sir Quentin Blake, the fantastic children’s author and illustrator, Martin

Handford, creator of ‘Where’s Wally’ and Richard ‘Golly’ Starzak,

creator of Aardman’s hugely popular ‘Shaun the Sheep’ series. Actress Joanna Lumley has decorated a Gromit in absolutely fabulous poetry and Harry Hill is the comedian behind a bald Gromit.



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Comedian Harry Hill’s ‘A Close Shave’ Gromit is at

Bristol Tourist Information Centre


E Shed

1, Canon’s Rd,



Jools Holland is bringing music into the mix with his Bumble Boogie. His sculpture will bring the boogie-woogie beats of Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to the trail, as his Gromit features a specially recorded soundtrack based on The Flight of the Bumble Bee.


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Jools Holland and his Bumble Boogie




No longer tied to his adorably hapless owner Wallace, Gromit invites you to explore the historic city of Bristol, while seeing how many dogs in his image you can spot!


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If you fancy a bit of help to follow the trail, there are tourist maps and also a new Detect-O-Gromit App available for Apple and Android products.



Children are very much at the heart of this project – not only will all children have a wonderful time spotting the dogs, but at the end of the project the dogs will be auctioned off in aid of a local children’s hospital.





All proceeds from Gromit Unleashed will benefit Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity

The charity supports Bristol Children’s Hospital, one

of only a few specialist children’s hospitals in the UK providing

life-saving surgery, care and treatment to children on a local, national

and international scale. The hospital is now expanding to create one of

the most influential children’s hospitals in Europe.


By supporting Gromit Unleashed, the public can help to save the lives of sick children. Treatment

unimaginable a decade ago is now within reach, and the project needs to raise money to make it happen.


To find out more about the charity visit www.grandappeal.org.uk


You can see Sir Quentin Blake’s ‘Gizmo’ Gromit at

Gromit Unleashed HQ: 24 Upper Maudlin Street,




Visit the Gromit Unleashed website for more info.

The BBC had fun filming the kennels before the Gromits were unleashed… 


Kate Taylor

Practical Motorhome

3 July, 2013