isambard & the olympics

Shaun in the City, Gromit Unleashed, The Olympic Mascot Trail and Wow!Gorillas are public art events which brought individually designed sculptures to the streets of Bristol and London. Selected artists were invited to showcase their work on these 3D canvasses, which were later auctioned for charity.

Tim was invited to design a piece for Wow!Gorilla’s in 2011. He created the Brunel-inspired ‘Gorisambard’ which was fittingly displayed on Clifton Suspension Bridge, before touring to London’s Tower Bridge and then on to auction, where it fetched a whopping £23,000!

Due to the popularity of this piece and its unprecedented auction success, Tim was commissioned to make two replica gorillas.  One was gifted from the Mayor of Bristol to the Mayor of Guangzho (Bristol’s Chinese sister city), and a second presented by Bristol Zoo Gardens to their patron, Prince Edward, in celebration of their 175th Anniversary.

Tim was later asked to adapt his design for Gromit Unleashed in 2013, and again for this year’s Shaun in the City event.  His piece ‘Isambark Kingdog Brunel’ sold for an outstanding £36,000, whilst ‘Isambaaard’ helped raise £1,087,900 for the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal in 2015.

Tim’s Olympic Mascot design ‘Big Wen’ was proudly displayed opposite London’s Houses of Parliament throughout the 2012 Olympic Games.

Figurines were made for each of Tim’s designs, those that haven’t sold-out can be purchased from Wallace & Gromit's Charity shop and Wild-in-Art.