The story of Steam Dog

In the summer of 2013, Gromit was unleashed in Bristol. A joint venture between Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, Bristol Children’s hospital and Aardman Animations, Gromit Unleashed was a public arts trail that saw 80 giant Gromit statues in a variety of designs placed around the city.

Some of the 80 Gromits in front of Bristol’s famous Clifton Suspension bridge.

By coincidence, in November of the previous year one of our team members came to know Bristol Children’s hospital very well after her first child was born with a heart defect that required surgery barely a week after he was born. Quite simply, this wonderful boy owes his life to the care and expertise of the hospital staff.

Thus, when the 80 Gromit statues went under the hammer after their summer outing, our CEO was keen to offer a token of thanks to this memorable campaign and acquire a special memento for our Bristol office.

The golden child. We can’t thank Bristol Children’s hospital enough. Daddy is wearing his Grand Appeal t-shirt after he cycled from the Gromit in London Paddington to Bristol, and then ran to all 80 Gromits to raise money for the charity.

Bristol, as you may know, is synonymous with one man above all, the civil engineer and pioneer Isambard Kingdom Brunel: his magnificent Clifton Suspension bridge is one of the main gateways to the city; his SS Great Britain sits proudly in Bristol harbour; and Bristol Temple Meads, built to his design in just two years, is one of the oldest and most iconic rail stations in the country. With that in mind, Steam Dog, an homage to Brunel’s SS Great Western, the world’s first transatlantic steamship, was undoubtedly the dog for us.

Steam Dog now sits proudly in our Bristol office, which, incidentally, is in Brunel’s Bristol & Exeter House, beside Temple Meads. If you’d like a photo, and perhaps a cup of tea, drop us a line!

Making sure we know who’s the favourite office dog!