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Introducing 'Space Oddi-tea'

Published on Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Bristol Media member Carys Tait is the creative eye behind ‘Space Oddi-tea’, one of the 67 giant sculptures around the city that form the Gromit Unleashed 2 art trail to raise vital funds for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.

OBJECTIVE: I was asked to create a design for one of twelve Wallace sculptures to be part of the trail - on the theme of David Bowie! 

What a gift of a theme! Such an iconic figure and much loved by many (I'm a fan myself..), I'll admit to feeling like this was quite a responsibility to deliver something which captured a combination of both personalities, Bowie and Wallace.

In creating the design, my approach was for the sculpture to be like Wallace’s personal tribute to the musical genius and ultimate Starman, David Bowie. It interested me that the two characters appear to have/had a shared interest in space, I imagined that Wallace's favourite Bowie tracks might include Starman, Life on Mars and Space Oddity.

Wallace obviously isn't usually one for radical fashion statements, but here he has been inspired to up his style game, taking particular influence from Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust!

The 'blank' Wallace was supplied to me with custom hair and shoulder pads (based on my visuals) - already expertly added by top modelmakers Amalgam - thanks guys!

If you head over to my website you’ll see a selection of process shots, showing how the design was realised.

Gromit Unleashed 2 runs from July 2nd until September 2nd 2018 in Bristol and the surrounding areas, featuring Nick Park’s Academy Award® winning character Gromit along with his pal Wallace and arch nemesis Feathers McGraw!

'Space Oddi-tea' will be located at Wapping Wharf for the duration of the trail. Wapping Wharf are also the kind sponsors of this sculpture - so thanks very much to them!

He is number 30 on the trail map. And can also be found on the very snazzy 'Detect-O-Gromit 2' app, which can be downloaded via the App Store / Google Play.

If you spot 'Space Oddi-tea' on your travels, do share your pictures on Twitter and Instagram and tag @carys_ink!