Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Grand Appeal Launches Gromit Unleashed 2 Charity Arts Trail; Featuring 'PAW Patrol' Marshall Sculpture [Updated]

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal has worked with brands including PAW Patrol and Minions.

The Gromit Unleashed 2 charity arts trail has officially kicked off today, with The Grand Appeal revealing a number of sculptures featuring famous licensed character likenesses!

The initiative was launched with a Great Bristol Boat Chase today (July 2) at the city’s harbourside.

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Featuring giant decorated sculptures of Gromit chasing arch-nemesis Feathers McGraw on the famous Bristol Ferry boats, the spectacle also saw best pal Wallace sitting back to enjoy the views alongside his Academy-award winning creator, Nick Park.

The event marks the first public viewing of sculptures ahead of the much anticipated trail.

Among the sculptures revealed were an official ‘Marshall’ PAW Patrol Gromit sculpture, a Minions Feathers McGraw sculpture ‘One in a Minion’, and a ‘Space Oddi-tea’ Wallace sculpture, sporting his best fancy dress inspired by musical icon Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie).

In total, 67 uniquely designed sculptures of Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw will hit the streets of Bristol from Monday 2nd July until Sunday 2nd September 2018 to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The Grand Appeal has also collaborated with a host of brands, famous film directors, movie producers and film studios to put their own spin on the Aardman characters.

These include LEGO, Pixar Animation Studios, DreamWorks, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wes Anderson Swallows & Amazons and Star Trek.

A Detect-o-Gromit Gromit Unleashed 2 app will be available to help trail fans locate sculptures and unlock special trophies; with a printed map also available at the Gromit Unleashed shop at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway and other selected locations.

The Marshall sculpture, featuring the firefighting pup from PAW Patrol as Gromit, is being sponsored by Bristol Water and will be located at Chew Valley Lake. A full list of Gromit Unleashed 2 sculptures and their locations can be found here on BristolLive.

A collection of miniature sculptures of Feathers McGraw specially designed by school children from Bristol and beyond, will be on display in a free exhibition at the Gromit Unleashed shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway for the duration of the trail, where a range of exclusive trail merchandise can also be found.

At the end of the trail, all 67 sculptures – which were painted at a top-secret location at The Bottle Yard Studios – will be displayed in a grand trail exhibition, The Greatest Dog Show on Earth 2, at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway from Saturday 15th - Sunday 30th September 2018.

They will then be auctioned under the wings of Concorde at Aerospace Bristol in October to raise money for The Grand Appeal.

Nicola Masters, director at The Grand Appeal said: “Gromit Unleashed 2 marks the third trail we’ve created in partnership with Aardman, and this year we are celebrating Bristol’s wonderful heritage of art and science with a truly amazing range of designs – including nine interactive sculptures, with three of these showcasing incredible feats of engineering, in a world first for arts trails.”

Full information about The Grand Appeal's The Gromit Unleashed 2 charity arts trail can be found at Fans can also purchase exclusive The Gromit Unleashed merchandise at The Gromit Unleashed Shop. All proceeds are passed onto Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity!

Update (4/10) - Each of the Gromit Unleashed 2 Charity Arts Trail sculptures found new permanent homes today when they were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Beginning today 8pm at Aerospace Bristol - the Gromit Unleashed 2 auction, sponsored by leading hire and events company SLX, raised £1.62 million, with the Marshall statue being sold for £16,500! All the money raised will go to Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.

Auction guests were welcomed by the much loved British actress, writer, comedian and presenter Dawn French, who introduced renowned auctioneer Richard Madley. Richard, the former President of Christie’s in New York, brought down the hammer and was watched by hundreds of bidders at the event, and by those at home who bid online. Peter Lord, Creative Director and co-founder of Aardman, and patron of The Grand Appeal, hosted the evening.

“No job’s too big, no pup’s too small! PAW Patrol, we’re on a roll!” Introducing you to ‘Marshall’, everyone’s favourite fire-pup. ‘Marshall’ is inspired by his namesake from the smash hit children’s television program, PAW Patrol. Designed in partnership with the teams at Spin Master and Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products and painted by Lou Boyce, pawfect protector ‘Marshall’ will make sure his new owner stays out of trouble! Marshall, designed by PAW Patrol. Sponsor: Bristol Water. Location: Chew Valley Lake.

(Image: BristolLive)

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Originally published: Monday, July 02, 2018.

Original source: Licensing Source; Additional sources: Bristol 24/7, Wales Online.
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