In 2012 a charity appeal was launched featuring gorilla statues, decorated by famous artists. The finished statues were placed all around Bristol and people could follow the trail to find them all – I don’t recall whether there was a prize but there was certainly a winner, Bristol tourism!!! At the end of the ”season” the gorillas were auctioned off and the money went to the charity. Gorilla’s? Yes, because of Alfred the gorilla – famous in Bristol – he’s even got his own statue in bronze, at the zoo!.
In 2013 and with the local connections with Aardman they’ve gone with Gromits – heaven only knows what they’ll do next year! EIGHTY of the little beggars have been placed around Bristol, although one may be found in Paddington Station! for people to follow, there’s even a little “flight to the Moon” attraction at the local mall, you can have your “passport stamped” in some places – to prove you’ve seen certain gromits and there’s a “wall of fame” where you can post photos of you with your fave gromit! See more info here
Couldn't resist sharing one more photo of the Shipshape and Bristol Fashion Gromit ....
|Bristol Suspension Bridge with Gromit #53 - Shipshape and Bristol Fashion in the foreground|
|We were gromit following another couple doing the same so I |
took a photo of them and they took a photo for me!
Gromit #47 - Patch, located at Nuffield Hospital
Artist: Emily Golden
|Gromit #5 - Golden Gromit located by the Victoria Rooms, Clifton|
Artist: Juli Vernon
|And doesn't he look splendid side on too?|
|Me and Gromit #4 - Vincent Van Gromit. located by the Bristol Grammar School.|
He's got mirrors around him so you can see all of him AND his bandaged, rather than missing, ear!!
Artist: Laura Cramer
Of course, LAST night we didn't go out looking for Gromits but we did see Bats! Several of them were flying around the house as I shut up shop ready for bed! Not a sight we're used to round here though I know that we have a "bat breeding ground" about a mile from us so I shouldn't be surprised, it's just the first time I've spotted them - must be "that time of year"!!!