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GuitarTown Committee seeking final approval of murals from Planning Commission

WAUKESHA – The Waukesha GuitarTown committee will be presenting the conceptual drawings that have been approved by Waukesha’s Public Art Committee at its Monday, April 15th meeting for final approval by Waukesha’s Planning Commission.  The approval is for the first five painted wall murals which are a part of Waukesha’s Gibson GuitarTown project this year.

The murals are the first in a series of murals that Waukesha GuitarTown has planned for 2013. The murals will focus on Les Paul and the history of Waukesha. They are being done by the nationally acclaimed Wall Dogs, who have done many projects around the United States.  Samples of their work can be viewed as close by as murals in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The five walls selected are all in Downtown Waukesha and will become a part of the fabric of the downtown, in the same way as the 10-foot tall guitars that are currently on Waukesha GuitarTown’s Walking Tour.

Gibson Guitar Corporation has chosen Waukesha, the birth and resting place of Les Paul, inventor of the solid body electric guitar, for an encore of its nationally acclaimed GuitarTown public arts project.  Waukesha GuitarTown this year has launched two new initiatives as a part of this year’s project: the murals that are being added to the downtown and the educational component that has been developed with educational institutions in Waukesha.

Students in the Waukesha School District from North and West High Schools, Central Middle School, Saratoga Stem School and La Casa de Esperanza will paint some of the 10-foot tall guitars as part of our encore project. Students from Butler Middle School will paint 3 playable guitars, while students from the Waukesha Catholic School System – St. Joseph campus, will paint another one of the playable Les Paul guitars.

This year the Waukesha GuitarTown project will add 15 ten-foot fiberglass guitars to the 10 already completed guitars on display for a total to 25 guitars.  These will all be featured on the Downtown Waukesha’s Guitar Walking Tour pick, which will be available at numerous locations for the public to locate the various guitars.

Waukesha GuitarTown 2013 builds on the momentum of last year and will continue to unite area businesses with the community in an effort to celebrate its cultural contributions.  It is an initiative that aims to help Waukesha achieve the goal of becoming the best small city in the United States.

Join us for the unveiling of the guitars on June 6th at a private Gala or at the public June 7th opening of Waukesha’s Summer Music series called Waukesha Freeman’s Friday Night Live.  This season will feature 7 stages of live music every Friday night from June until October.

 

For more information or any questions, please feel free to call:

 

Norman Bruce

262-547-1060 or e-mail Marthamerrells@sbcglobal.net

Waukesha GuitarTown Project