Wallace and Gromit Sculpture Trail In Bristol

A mini sculpture trail is to be installed in a Bristol shopping centre, that features popular characters from Wallace and Gromit, as well as other Aardman Animation creations.

The BBC reports that 15 cultures of the characters, including Wallace, Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Feathers McGraw will feature in the display to be installed at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol from 24 October.

The trail will be designed to keep social distancing measures adhered to and is to raise money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. It will feature designs from previous sculpture trails, as well as some new designs.

The trail, called Gromit Unleashed: The Grand Adventure, will feature characters and creations that each represent a different country.

To keep COVID-secure, the sculptures will be placed out of reach to avoid the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, and there will be ‘selfie spots’ marked to encourage people to keep their distance from others. There will also be an online tour available via the appeal’s website.

Director of the appeal, Nicola Masters, said those behind it wanted to “help bring a smile to the faces of shoppers and their families while they are visiting The Mall at the end of such a difficult year for everyone”.

“Gromit Unleashed: The Grand Adventure will take visitors on a safe adventure while helping raise awareness of the sick babies and children in our region that still need our help and support,” she said.

Previously, Grand Appeal sculpture trails in Bristol, where Aardman Animations is based, have featured other much-loved characters in locations around the city, with each one painted by various well-known artists and celebrities.

The Gromit trail in 2013 is said to have attracted over a million visitors and raised £6 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The sculptures are being painted and will be on show from 24 October.

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