Halley’s Gromit spotted at Bristol & Bath Science Park
A multi-coloured Gromit sculpture arrived at the Bristol & Bath Science Park yesterday (1st July) as part of Gromit Unleashed, a major public arts trail in Bristol this summer.
Named Halley’s Gromit, the sculpture has been painted by children at Emerson’s Green Primary School for the Gromit Unleashed ‘schools’ trail. The rainbow design represents each of the year groups in the school.
The Gromit, which belongs to the school, was named following a competition among Science Park tenants and will now be displayed in the community area of the Park’s Forum for the next 10 weeks. A donation box will sit next to the sculpture to encourage visitors to give generously.
Each pupil got the chance to paint the two and a half foot Gromit sculpture which features a studded collar and tactile nose for those with physical disabilities and visual impairment.
The school also added a bone book of wishes where everyone talked about their wishes for the future and voted on the best one for their class.
Indigo class said ‘we wish for a world where everyone is well respected.’ Yellow class said ‘we really like our school and wish that everyone could go to school too.’
The main Gromit Unleashed trail will see 80, 5ft individually-designed giant sculptures of one of the world’s best-loved and triple Oscar-winning characters populating Bristol in aid of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.
The Grand Appeal, which is organising the project with Aardman, received an unprecedented level of response from businesses, schools and other organisations, all keen to be part of the unique, community event.
After the trail, the giant, 5ft Gromit sculptures will be auctioned off to the highest bidders to raise vital funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal. All money raised will go towards the charity’s appeal to support the expansion of Bristol Children’s Hospital, one of the leading multi-disciplinary children’s hospitals in the UK.