“Public Art Project” Waukesha, WI
Waukesha...America's Original GuitarTown
The grand unveiling was June 1st, in downtown Waukesha
The guitar is now in its final public viewing spot. Proudly displayed in front of the Waukesha Freeman Newspaper building, 801 N. Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53187.
I am fortunate to have been chosen as one of the local artists to get a giant Les Paul Guitar to paint for display in Downtown Waukesha...the Birhtplace of Les Paul as part of the Waukesha GuitarTown.
Thank you to everybody who believes in me, and trusts that I'll pull this off!!
Here is my proposed design...Les(the Founder) & 11 other guitarist known to be big Les Paul guitar players...
The arrival - rockn' down the highway...
The stage is set...
Day 1 - painting the base adhesion primer...having as much fun as you can painting white on white.
Roughing in the background. Both sides!
Now the fun really starts. Man my studio seems to have shrunk.
and the figural work begins...
Detail of the in-progress Hubert Sumlin...still a way to go.
RIP Hubert - Dec 4, 2011
Guitar slingers...now with guitars!
Photo by Susan Schoultz...thanks
Les in the works...(today he will come to life)
Closing in on side one!
Almost done with side one...details left, but enough done to move on to side 2 now!
the Back..."(Just Like) Starting Over" John Lennon
Working on Gary Moore on his birthday...4/4/2012...he would have been 60 today.
Still roughing in...Gary, Billy & Bob
Bob makes an appearance!!!!
finally...a guest appearance by the Rev Billy G!!!!
Nearing completion of side two...
Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal photo by Michael Sears
The Les Paul...Unplugged!!
Its not very loud...but it sure is fast!!
A dress rehersal for the delivery.
It will go back to the Guitartown people with a planned ride on 5/15/2012.
A test ride to Les Paul's gravesite. Tuesday May 15th at 5:00 we will be driving the guitar through downtown Waukesha on its way to the final dropoff.
Pre-ride interview with Henry Rosoff of Fox 6 News
The delivery...the Iwo Jima of GuitarTown
The Happy Noll's
delousing...oh wait, that's the clear coat.
Veiled on Main Street...well...for the unveiling
Unveiled for all to see...
The guitar in its final public viewing spot. Proudly displayed in front of the Waukesha Freeman Newspaper building, 801 N. Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53187.
The Guitar also has found an indoor winter home at the Waukesha Community Heath Care building at 309 E. North St., Waukesha, WI 53188
This photo is available as a limited edition giclee print sized at 12" x 18".
Edition of only 75 for $199 each.
...life is short, make fun of it!
I'd like to thank all the people that helped make this project a reality!
To Wendy Hipke Weston for first making me aware, the Guitar Town committee for selecting and believing in me, my wife for putting up with all my long hours, the photographers who provided permission and high res files for painting reference...Rick Phipps for the Joe Bonasmassa, Rick Kern for the Billy Gibbons, & Rene Huemer for the Gary Moore...Doug Quinlan for the machining of the tuning knobs & apparatus, Gunar Gruenke for the 23K gold leaf, Bob Howard for the use of his Harley with the hitch, Ed Rekowski for the motorcycle trailer, Marshall's Autobody for the clear coating, Rick Breuer for the backyard photography, Susan Schoultz for in-progress photos, Charles Auer Waukesha Freeman photographer, Sarah Pryor Freeman reporter, Chris Kuhagen Waukeshanow.com, The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal's Laurel Walker and Micheal Sears, Dennis Jones for his coverage on TheGuitarBuzz.com, Scott Ludtke for the AroundWaukesha.com interview, Bri Lee for the WaukeshaNow.com blogs and great ride video, Henry Rosoff of Fox 6, the HarleyGuitarRiders for a safe ride...and all the other many people who have given endless encouragement, support and attaboy's to me along the way.
AND...for a view of GuitarTown 2.0, check out the playable guitar I've painted
And just recently, this Fox 6 News broadcast featured a
behind the scenes look at the guitar painting! Its cool!
Here is a totally cool video
of the Harley/Guitar delivery on May 15th
Here's a 5/16/2012 Waukesha Freeman front page photo
Here's a great personal interview that tells it all!
With luck, this Guitar Painting Time Lapse link will work.
View the Feb 28th Waukesha Freeman Newspaper article
for the "Artists Anounced".
View the 4/15 Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal Newspaper article
for a GuitarTown update.
View the 4/20 Waukesha Freeman Newspaper article
"Gigantic Gibsons get gussied up".
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