So, after seven weeks, I’ve finally tracked down and photographed all the Gromits that are part of the Gromit Unleashed campaign to raise money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
I picked up Grant’s Gromit when I visited Ashton Court on Friday 9th August to see the Red Arrows do a display for the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. Grant’s Gromit is located in the courtyard of Ashton Court, by the cafe. He has been designed by Rosie Ashforth.
The following day, the first stop was Tyntesfield, a National Trust property just south of Bristol, where I picked up Oops a Daisy designed by Diarmuid Gavin. Not so many daisies left on him now unfortunately as they seem to have fallen off (I’m being charitable!)
Then it was on to Bristol Airport where, unless you are very quick and have someone else driving, you will have to pay £1 parking fee which gives you twenty minutes to quickly run into the departure lounge and photograph Bristol Bulldog who has been designed by Dan Shearn at Red Central.
Further down the A38 from Bristol Airport is Lye Cross Farm where I found The Secret Garden. This Gromit has been designed by Sarah-Jane Grace.
Then it was on to Cheddar. Haven’t been to Cheddar for years so it was a good excuse to have a wander up the Gorge and buy some cheese! The Gromit at Cheddar is called aMazing Gromit and has been designed by Tom Berry.
Finally, on Saturday 17th August 2013, I photographed my final Gromit when I took the train up to Paddington Station in London. So, here, I give you my 80th Gromit. He is located between platform 8 and 9 and is appropriately named Gromit. He has been designed by Aardman Animations.
Once Gromit Unleashed finishes on 8th September 2013, all the Gromits will be on display at the RWA in Queen’s Road between 18th-22nd September before being auctioned off in October. Somehow, though, photographing them all in their rightful locations feels like I’ve done it properly although it will be good to see them altogether before they are auctioned off for charity.
Gromit Unleashed has been an amazing success for Bristol and I do hope that the Bristol Children’s Hospital raise a lot of money. I have enjoyed seeing so many people out and about Gromiteering and getting caught up in the excitement of ticking off each Gromit as they find it. Let’s hope that it may one day happen again.
For more information on the Gromit locations and artists check out http://www.gromitunleashed.org.uk
Before I say farewell though here is the one and only Feathers McGraw that I tracked down to the jewellery department of John Lewis on Thursday 15th August 2013.