Bristol's Galleries Shopping Centre reveals its very own Gromit sculpture as part of the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail!Posted on: 29 Jun 2018
The Galleries Shopping Centre on Broadmead is excited to announce its sponsorship of one of 67 giant Walle & Gromit sculptures as part of the city-wide Gromit Unleashed 2 trail. The event kicks off on Monday 2nd July and will run for two months, coming to an end on 2nd September.
Following the success of last year's trail, Gromit Unleashed 2 has been one of the most hotly anticipated charity events on the Bristol calendar this year, with dozens of sponsors getting involved as well as an impressive list of talented artists being enlisted to decorate each individual sculpture. Designs this year include a Mr Spock-themed Wallace, a Gromit in the guise of Bristol cricketing legend W.G. Grace (beard and all), one decorated by celebrated Bristol street artist Cheba, and many more eye-catching works.
The Galleries' own sculpture was created by Barbara Broccoli, the producer behind the iconic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The design was hand painted by artist Emily Kettering, and is a particularly special sculpture as it brings together to beloved creations - Gromit and the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car.
If you want to get in on the fun, there will be a Gromit Unleashed 2 app available to download and help avid trail fans to hunt down sculptures, while a special passport trail will be created to celebrate the trail’s innovation themes. New Gromit Unleashed 2-inspired products, including the popular figurines, will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting patients and families cared for by Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.
"We are so proud to be sponsoring a Gromit in the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail. We are especially excited about the theme our sculpture will have - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is so iconic! Bristol Children’s Hospital is a cause close to the hearts of many families in Bristol, and as a very family oriented centre, we felt it very apt to show our support.” - Colin Lang, Centre Manager, The Galleries.
The event kicks off on Monday 2nd July, so why not make The Galleries' Chitty Chitty Bang Bang inspired creation the first one you tick off your list? It might be trickier than you think to spot all 67 characters!
For more information on the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail, you can check out our recent feature piece on the event, outlining all the details on how to get involved and what to look out for. Alternatively, visit the Grand Appeal website for more.
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