The story of Gromberry so far…
Gromberry is one of the famous Bristol Gromits who were on display throughout the city in summer 2013. Simon Tozer is the famous printer and North Bristol artist who is the creator of Gromberry.
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Here is what Simon had to say about his experience of making such an iconic piece of artwork:
‘I sent two designs in to Gromit Unleashed, of which one was selected, the Gromberry design. The other one was a kind of mermaid design, called Mermutt – the selection panel were probably wise not to choose this one as it was rather strange. I went through quite a few ideas for designs, my feeling was that any design should enhance Gromit as a character rather than cover him up, and so in a way l was trying to think of a kind of fancy dress costume for him. I wanted my design to be brightly coloured as well.’
Itec were the proud sponsors of Gromberry. Itec, an international company, whose regional office in Bristol has been supplying copiers, printers and MFDs in the South West and in London since 1987.
Itec chose to site Gromberry in Hotwells, down on the harbour side by The Pump House pub. The Pump House looked after him very well, cleaning him regularly and putting a bowl of water out for him every day – this is true! They also put strawberries on the menu for dessert while he was there. From close up you can see the brush marks, which l like since you then see how the illusion is made.
Gromberry was sold for £32,000 at the auction and purchased by One Scientific Limited who’s Director, Tony Barrett-Jones lives opposite The Pump House pub and saw him regularly.
Tony’s story is as follows:
‘Ever since I saw Gromberry he always made me feel happy. After a summer of fun doing the Gromit trails around Bristol, I heard that Gromit Unleashed were to auction off the Gromits. That got me thinking that as he was a ‘food’ Gromit, he might be able to work for my business spreading his happiness to my staff and customers. After registering for the auction, myself and my son, Troy, tried persistently to logon and bid in the evening but to no avail. So we decided to see if we could get into the live action at Cribbs Causeway. We managed to gate crash the invite only auction and were just in time to bid on Gromberry!! After intense bidding competition (which afterwards I found to be from both the Pump House and ITEC) we won with the highest bid! Afterwards, we were invited to meet Nick Park and Peter Lord the founders of Aardman Animations and also ITEC’s Marketing Manager, Bronte Orme.’
After a short spell in a Dog’s home to be cleaned up, Gromberry came to his new owners home, One Scientific Limited in Avonmouth.
Since then, Gromberry has been busy meeting and visiting schools and festivals all over Bristol collecting money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal. This year he has enjoyed going to the Bristol Harbourfest, the Balloon Fiesta, and charity events.
Gromberry has his own army of followers on Twitter and Facebook where he regularly posts updates and pictures of what he’s been up to and what he’ll be doing next! Gromberry can be followed on Twitter @Gromberry and he has his own Facebook page, search for Gromberry.
Gromberry is available to make people happy by visiting schools and businesses collecting money for the Grand Appeal. Please contact [email protected] to discuss this further.