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Wallace and Gromit
Public support for the statue is growing
World-wide support for Aardman statue
International support is growing for the idea of dedicating a statue to Bristol’s Oscar heroes Wallace and Gromit.
Since Aardman's success at the 2006 Academy Awards, where the hapless inventor and his canine sidekick took the Oscar for best animated feature film for their first full-length feature Curse of the Were-Rabbit, news of an appeal to build a statue in the city to honour the claymation duo has spread far and wide.
E-mails of support have come in from as far away as New York, Virginia Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
“This interest confirms my view that such a statue - as well as honouring our local heroes - would actually prove to be a tourist attraction,” said Southville city councillor, Matthew Symonds, who first mooted the idea.
"The tourist attraction idea has been taken up by tourism agencies in Bristol - and a statue is welcomed by the art community, who see Aardman as the pinnacle of the clay animation movie art.
"A statue would have a significant tourist appeal - especially if it was erected in the new Broadmead expanded shopping centre. People might join them for a grand day out,” he said.
The campaign has also been backed by the charity Arts & Business. Regional director Phil Gibby said: "Bristol's business community will back this campaign for three good reasons.
"First, it celebrates the city's reputation as a world leader in animation. Secondly, the statue would be another good reason for tourists to visit Bristol, with all the economic benefits that brings. And thirdly, like everyone else, Bristol businesses are incredibly proud of Aardman and want to recognise their contribution to the city."
And it's not just Bristolians who are tying themselves in a bit of a knot over this whole statue issue, one e-mail of support has been received from the Washington DC Knitting Circle.
"A knitting group in Washington DC follows your efforts to erect a statue to Wallace and Gromit with great interest. We do hope you will show Gromit knitting - to inspire the inner knitter in everyone.
"I'm sure the designers at Aardman can come up with a clay prototype. Thank you for all your good works!"
You can add your voice to the campaign by using the link below.
last updated: 18/09/07
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