The Forestry Commission's National Arboretum at Westonbirt is welcoming a new canine visitor this summer, as part of a ground-breaking public art trail raising funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
For 10 weeks from 1 July, Westonbirt will take part in a Bristol-wide art trail when it becomes the residence of one of 80 Gromit Unleashed sculptures.
Gromit Unleashed is an innovative public art trail, hitting the streets of Bristol and surrounding areas in aid of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.
An eclectic mix of well-known and local artists, designers and celebrities have created their own, one-of-a-kind Gromit for the major public art exhibition, the first of its kind to feature an internationally-renowned character.
Westonbirt's sculpture has been created by Seb Burnett, a Bristol-based illustrator with street art influences. Seb's creation depicts a Victorian explorer named Bertram Fiddle on a mission to find the lost city of Eldoradog.
After the trail, the 80 giant, 5ft Gromit sculptures will be auctioned off to the highest bidders in aid of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.
All funds from Gromit Unleashed 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. The Grand Appeal has pledged to raise an initial £3.5 million for state-of-the-art equipment, including an intraoperative MRI scanner, family facilities and child-friendly artwork to enhance the £30 million investment by the NHS.
Nicola Masters, director of The Grand Appeal said:
“Wallace & Gromit are famous around the globe so Gromit Unleashed will help shine an international spotlight on Bristol and encourage people to visit the city, as well as raising much-needed funds to help sick children at Bristol Children’s Hospital.”
Gromit Unleashed: www.gromitunleashed.org.uk