Another year's worth of 10-foot tall guitar sculptures hit the Sunset Strip Monday with the unveiling of Gibson GuitarTown II.
The public art display first , featuring more than 20 fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars created by local and nationally recognized artists strategically placed on the Sunset Strip. The guitars, which celebrate people and places unique to the Strip’s history, were auctioned off in December 2011, with 100 percent of proceeds going to charity.
“We were thrilled with the results of the first round of GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip and are excited to extend the public art project for another year,” said Sunset Strip Business Association Executive Director Todd Steadman in a statement.
The public art project moved into its second phase Monday, with the first nine of more than 20 guitars unveiled at Hornburg's Jaguar and Land Rover showroom on Sunset Boulevard.
“The new round of guitars features a mix of important cultural themes while also celebrating artists that were influential to the boulevard, including Buffalo Springfield, Van Halen, Jane’s Addiction and Rage Against The Machine,” added Steadman.
The Sunset Strip Business Association, which is presenting the project in conjunction with Gibson, plans to unveil additional art guitars later this spring. As with the first exhibit, these guitars will eventually be auctioned with proceeds benefiting charity.