Howdy, y’all, and welcome to Bristol’s very own slice of the Wild West, sponsored by Darcy Associates. Painted by artist Paula Bowles, you can bet ‘The Wensleydale Kid’ is decked out in the whole wrangling kit and caboodle. Cowboy hat? Check. Cowboy boots? Check. Bandana? Check. Horse? Erm… looks like a park bench will have to do for now! Yee-haw! So pony-up and skedaddle over to Clifton Observatory to meet this buckaroo! Giddy’up!
Sitting on his own on the Downs near to the water tower is 46. George.
As the description says “perhaps fresh off of a jousting match or just back from slaying a fire-breathing dragon” we find George (or Wallace) encased in armour with a cup of tea.
Though this was one of the first sculptures I saw, at the first attempt, it was really hard to park close enough, so we left him for another day. There was more room on a later date, so found a parking space and took some photographs.
I really like the coat of arms on the cup complete with Gromit and Feathers.
The 2016 hit film Swallows and Amazons, based on the Arthur Ransom’s book is the inspiration for 65. Swallows & Amazons, which can be found at the main entrance to the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke. Gromit is basically a map.
I love the flags on the ears, now is the flag of the Swallow boat, the other is the skull and crossbones of the Amazons.
On Gromit’s back you can see more details and places from the stories. Wild Cat Island taking centre stage
There are also the boats from the story as well as Holly Farm where it all beings.