(I jumped the gun with this announcement last week and was asked to remove it since the press had not been notified of the chosen artists. Now we all have our guitars and the press was present at our meeting, so here it comes again!)
I am proud and excited to announce I have been chosen, along with 14 other Wisconsin artists, to work my brand of artistic magic on a regular-sized Gibson guitar for a public art project in Waukesha. The 15 playable guitars will join ten other 10-foot tall guitars to form Gibson GuitarTown in downtown Waukesha WI, during the summer of 2012.
Other towns to be declared GuitarTowns by Gibson have included Austin, TX, Nashville, TN, and Orlando, Florida. You might be wondering “Why GuitarTown in Waukesha WISCONSIN?” Guitar legend Les Paul was born in Waukesha and is buried here. The “Wizard of Waukesha” nickname is synonymous with the electric guitar that bears his name – the Gibson Les Paul. What finer tribute to our local legend than to have his hometown declared a “GuitarTown?”
You can read more about the project and timing here: http://www.aroundwaukesha.com/640/waukesha-is-the-official-gibson-guitar-town/
I have now received the guitar I am to mosaic and will post regular updates and photos on the progress. I am humbled to be included and truly excited to embark on a new challenge.