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Gromit Unleashed Homecoming exhibition to open

Cribbs Causeway will host the exhibition of 'Gromit Unleashed' Homecoming Photo: ITV News

An exhibition of Gromit statues opens at Cribbs Causeway later. The Gromit Unleashed Homecoming Exhibition is displaying 18 statues of Wallace's companion for the first time since the popular 2013 trail which attracted more than a million visitors to Bristol.

Among the line-up is the Gromit that fetched the most at auction 'Gromit Lightyear' created by Pixar animations. It raised £65,000 for the Bristol Children's Hospital when sold three years ago. The creator of Wallace and Gromit Nick Park also created 'Newshound' which will also be included in the exhibition.

Buzz Lightyear sold for £65,000 at auction Credit: ITV News

Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video of the Pixar team talking about their Gromit. They admit that the biggest challenge they had was putting the sphere on Gromit's head. They also talk about adding the name 'Andy' to the bottom of his foot like the real Buzz Lightyear.

"I'm used to seeing Gromit as this 4 inch high plasticine model so it's kind of scary. When I was first in a room full of about 60 of them I felt like I'd had too much cheese the day before, like a strange dream."

– Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit

You can see what else he has to say about the Gromits and about his creation 'Newshound' in the video below:

The exhibition will open at 9:30am and will be held at The Grand Appeal’s shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway until 4 September. It will be free to enter, with a suggested entry donation of £2 to The Grand Appeal.

The full line-up of sculptures is:

  • ‘Gromit Lightyear’ by Pixar Animations, which was at Showcase Cinema de Lux during the trail
  • ‘Newshound’ by Wallace & Gromit creator, Nick Park, which was at Bristol City Museum
  • ‘Poetry in Motion’ by Joanna Lumley, which was at College Green
  • 'Oops A Daisy’ by Diarmuid Gavin, which was at Tyntesfield
  • ‘Butterfly’ by Philip Treacy MBE, which was at Bristol Old Vic
  • ‘Antique Rose’ by Cath Kidston, which was at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
  • ‘Lancelot’ by fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, which was at Quakers Friars
  • ‘Doodles’ by ‘Simon’s Cat’ creator, Simon Tofield, which was at Cabot Circus
  • ‘Stat’s The Way To Do It, Lad’, which was outside Aardman studios
  • ‘Gromberry’, which was outside The Pumphouse
  • ‘Sir Gromit of Bristol’, which was at St George’s
  • ‘Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion’, which was at the Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • ‘Jack’, which was on Anchor Road
  • ‘Hullaballoon’, which was at Arnos Vale
  • ‘Gromitasaurus’, which was at The Galleries
  • ‘Blossom’, which was on the Downs
  • ‘Paisley’, which was on North Street
  • ‘Collarfull’, which was at Castle Park