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To Infinity and Beyond! Well, not quite but nearly

Bristol, 6th September 2013 - A five foot fibre glass sculpture of Gromit, sponsored by property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle and part of Bristol’s acclaimed charity arts trail Gromit Unleashed, has been on a 10,753 mile round-trip before ending up at its final Bristol destination.

JLL BristolGlobal brands Pixar, Aardman Animations and Jones Lang LaSalle have joined forces to deliver Gromit Lightyear for The Grand Appeal’s arts trail, which features 80 decorated Gromits placed in and around Bristol.

The Jones Lang LaSalle-sponsored Gromit is based on the Buzz Lightyear character from Toy Story. He’s been on quite a journey, travelling from the UK to Los Angeles before being flown back to Bristol – totalling nearly 11,000 miles – in order to undergo a Disney Pixar transformation at the multi-award winning animation facility in California. He has been signed by John Lasseter, Disney and Pixar’s chief creative officer and producer of Toy Story.

Like all the other toys in Toy Story, Gromit Lightyear also has the famous ‘Andy’ mark on his foot, though you wouldn’t know just from looking at him.

Jeremy Richards, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Bristol office, said: “The selection of Pixar’s Gromit Lightyear seemed to fit perfectly with our own global brand, which spans more than 1,000 different locations across the world.”

Jones Lang LaSalle has chosen The Grand Appeal as its local charity of the year, helping them to raise vital funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital. Other fundraising initiatives being undertaken by the property consultancy firm include a Gromit hunt pub crawl where teams have to find as many Gromits and surrounding pubs as possible in three hours.

The Gromit sculptures will be auctioned in October to raise funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital.

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