This is on Noah's list of favourites - the swirly twirly-ness is very appealing! The mixture of shades sliding down Gromit's legs look a little like sweet pea plants, twining around a bamboo stick (except of course they tend to climb up!).
Smiler and I were both pretty worn out by the time we got to this one, so my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I remember spotting a few of the same people we'd seen at other Gromit's earlier in the day . . . it's funny, but lots of Gromit-hunters seem to share several distinct characteristics. There's the overall look, usually one or two adults with various numbers of offspring. Then there's the camera - often a mobile phone, and a facial expression of faint exasperation. Finally, what might be described as the defining characteristic - one of the mostly blue Gromit maps (or a couple of A4 sheets printed off, featuring that same blue map) clutched in a hand, all a bit scrunchy from being shoved into and yanked out of pockets, maybe rained on a little, and quite possibly a bit of biro scribbling on there too.
Of course, there are always exceptions, and I did see a child of about ten with her map attached to a clipboard. And she didn't just have a pen, she had a pack of highlighters. A pack. But you know what? The smile on her face wasn't any bigger than the smiles of all the other children there, including my three. Maybe organisation so important after all . . .
Artist? Dan Collings at Thirty Three
Sponsor? John James Bristol Foundation
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Have you seen this Gromit?