Take your selfie with Wallace and Gromit this summer
PRESTON in Lancashire will soon have its own Wallace and Gromit bench in honor of Preston-born and Oscar-winning designer Nick Park.
The bronze bench, based on the pair as they appeared in The wrong pants, will be installed outside Preston Markets later this year, allowing visitors to have their photo taken with life-size sculptures of two of cinema’s most famous characters.
This is the second in a series of six “Pop-Up” projects to be announced for the city’s Harris neighborhood and follows the unveiling of plans for the MET – a new mobile event space.
The project has the backing of Aardman, the Bristol-based studio behind the hit Wallace and Gromit film franchise and in which Nick Park has been a leader since 1985.
The bench is funded by a contribution of £ 1million (€ 1.1million) in the initial funding Preston received from the UK government’s national initiative Towns Fund for Pop-Up Projects which aim to encourage visitors to return to the city after the pandemic, resulting in attendance and accompanying businesses.
Commenting on the sculpture, Nick Park said: “It is a great honor for me, as a proud Prestonian, to see my Wallace and Gromit figures cast in bronze and honored in my hometown.”
Designed by Nick Park and the Aardman team in consultation with local sculptor Peter Hodgkinson, the bench is currently being produced at Castle Fine Arts Foundry in Wales and is expected to be in place by August.