This summer there was a new Wallace and Gromit trail in Bristol. The Grand Appeal sculpture trail, starring Wallace, Gromit and The Wrong Trousers’ baddie Feathers McGraw, saw over 60 statues pop up all over Bristol.
Wallace and Gromit trail in Bristol
Following on from the original Gromit Unleashed trail in 2013 and 2015’s Shaun in the City, Gromit Unleashed 2 figurines were in Bristol from July to September 2018. For a limited period all 67 figures will also be taking up residence in the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, from 15 to 30 September 2018. After that, the statues will be auctioned to raise money for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital.
Gromit Unleashed 2
The latest Wallace and Gromit trail in Bristol feels bigger, brighter and more exciting than ever.
We particularly loved the figures of Wallace on benches which allowed people to get up close and comfy for a selfie with Wallace.
Literary and film characters
There are also plenty of familiar cultural references, including Feathers McGraw as a Minion, a Ziggy Stardust inspired Wallace, and even Wallace taking a turn as the Mad Hatter, Spock and Long John Silver.
Gromit also got in on the famous faces routine, taking on the role of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Caractacus Pott.
Famous Bristol figures
As well as movie and literary references, there are also plenty of nods to local Bristol history and culture. These include Wallambard, celebrating legendary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was behind the original designs for the Clifton Suspension Bridge. There’s also a hot-air balloon inspired Feathers McGraw, a nod to the annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta.
Our favourite local figure came in the form of the Bristol’s Own Gromit on Queen Square. Looking dapper in his green uniform, this Gromit pays tribute to the dogs of Bristol’s 12th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. During WWI these dogs were used as messengers as well as scouts and food carriers.
Gromit in LEGO!
Another standout figure for us was the LEGO Gromit in Cabot Circus, which was made from over 30,000 LEGO bricks!
Bristol sculpture trail
We only got to see a small number of the Gromit Unleashed 2 sculptures, but those we did see were great fun. We love a sculpture trail and hope that there’ll be another Wallace and Gromit trail in Bristol again soon!
The Grand Appeal
All money raised from the Gromit Unleashed Trail and auction will go towards helping children and families at Bristol Children’s Hospital. The Grand Appeal has seen Aardman Animations’ beloved Wallace & Gromit characters raise over £50million for the hospital since 1995.