If you're familiar with the animated "Wallace and Gromit" films (watch below) you will love this.
Led by Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal and Aardman Animations, Gromit Unleashed is a public art exhibition in which giant sculptures of Gromit, decorated by invited artists, have been unleashed on the streets of Bristol and the surrounding area in the UK.
Eighty Gromits have been decorated by some of the world's most famous artists. Simon Tofield, award-winning illustrator and animator of the cartoon series Simon’s Cat, has covered Gromit in mini cat illustrations and Pixar has created "Gromit Lightyear."
British pop artist Sir Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles album cover for 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, also designed a statue.
At the end of the art trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.
Sadly, a couple of the sculptures were damaged by vandals on the first day of the exhibition, and the search is on for the culprits.
- Each 5ft (1.5m) high Gromit sculpture is individually decorated by internationally-known and local artists, designers and celebrities.
- Gromit creator Nick Park and Aardman co-founder Peter Lord are each taking part in the project and creating their own unique designs.
- Each Gromit sculpture has been sponsored by a business and the number of sculptures in the trail was raised from 60 to 80 after overwhelming demand from sponsors.
- Schools throughout the area are taking part by decorating half-sized versions of the statues.
Even though we here in the Northwest won't be able to see the sculptures in person we can still get in on the fun. Follow Gromit Unleashed on Facebook, or get the "Gromit Unleashed" app on your phone. Shop for a mini figurine and other merchandise.