Thursday, January 18, 2007

Guitarmania 2007

In October 2006, the PD reported that Cleveland would be having its next Guitarmania in the summer of 2007.
GuitarMania to return next summer
Friday, October 20, 2006
Barb Galbincea
Plain Dealer Reporter

Don't fret. After striking a chord in two previous appearances, they're set for an encore.

Giant guitars, part of United Way's popular public art project that debuted in 2002 and was repeated in 2004, will return to Cleveland streets next summer.

Details of GuitarMania are scheduled to be announced Oct. 30.

Individuals, companies and groups sponsor the 10-foot-high Fender Stratocaster guitars, which artists and celebrities then paint, sculpt or otherwise decorate.

The resulting artwork is displayed for several months on Cleveland streets and then auctioned at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The project has raised more than $1.6 million for health and human services programs supported by United Way of Greater Cleveland and for the Rock Hall's education fund.

Among past celebrity designers have been Yoko Ono, whose guitar was auctioned for $105,000 in 2002; rocker Graham Nash; actress Liv Tyler; pop artist Peter Max; and even three painting pachyderms from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The website was launched sometime ago, but not mania people knew about it. Many of the proposals are posted. It looks as if it is mostly local artist. However, there may be people up there I dot recognize.
Some of the names I am glad to see up there include:

Jim Lanza
Gauri Torgalkar
XinXin Liu
Craig Petersen*
Daniel Radke
Dan Broache
Jim BycznskiuK

Just to name a few.
You can check it out here.