Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to place your bids! The 10-foot tall Gibson guitar art sculptures that have lined The Sunset Strip will end their year-long tour tonight (Feb. 21), when they are auctioned for charity at Bonhams in Los Angeles. This is the third installment of the annual public art project, and all proceeds from this auction will benefit Music For Relief, the nonprofit organization founded by members of Linkin Park to support disaster relief, provide aid to survivors of natural disasters and support the prevention of such disasters via environmental programs.
The auction will be open to the public, with a preview from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST at Bonhams (7601 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles), followed by the charity auction at 8:00 p.m. PST. An online catalog featuring the star studded guitar lineup is available for review and download at www.bonhams.com/guitars.
Those who are interested in the auction may bid in person on February 21 or online during the auction. For questions related to the auction bidding, you may contact Bonhams Los Angeles at 323-850-7500.
Guests in attendance may also view a special photographic exhibit from photographer and author Robert Landau, who will feature photographic prints of key images from his award winning book Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards Of The Sunset Strip. Landau will also be present to sign copies of the book. Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards Of The Sunset Strip showcases the definitive signs of a special time, a time when rock was the most important music ever recorded, when youth, politics, and art merged on The Sunset Strip to turn counterculture into mainstream culture.
The 2013 GuitarTown project includes works celebrating Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper and Debbie Harry, among others. A range of artists participated in the 2013 installment, including Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, tattoo artist Kat Von D, tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle, who was close friends with Janis Joplin, sculptor Eugene Daub, who recently created the Rosa Parks sculpture for the U.S. capitol, and jewelry designer Kathy Rose.
The full list of 2013 art guitars includes:
- Danny Curnen, “The Eliminator”
Mixed media guitar inspired by the music and influence of rock and roll band ZZ Top. (Performed at Whisky, House of Blues Sunset Strip.)
- Eugene Daub, “Blondie Sunset Strip”
Mixed media guitar inspired by the music and influence of Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie. (Performed at the Whisky.)
- Simone Gad, “Dolly Parton and The Sunset Strip”
Mixed media guitar inspired by country music legend Dolly Parton. (Performed at The Roxy.)
- Ajax Garcia, “Teenage Lust”
Latex paint and mixed media guitar, inspired by the actor Johnny Depp, who once owned the Viper Room on The Sunset Strip.
- Tsipi Mani, “Unvarnished”
Mixed media guitar celebrating 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival honoree Joan Jett. (Performed at the Whisky.)
- Juliana Martinez, “Don Jose, Que Chévere!”
Tile and mixed media guitar inspired by legendary guitarist Jose Feliciano. (Performed at The Roxy, Whisky.)
- Kathy Rose, “Alanis Morissette Utopia”
Guitar embellished with semi-precious stones, natural material and mixed media. Inspired by the music and message of singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette. (Performed at the Whisky, House of Blues Sunset Strip.)
-Gregory Siff, “What A Good Song Sounds Like, 2013”
Spray paint and acrylic guitar created live at the 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival.
- Mike Shinoda, “Soldier In Repose”
Acrylic and spray paint. Linkin Park's first shows ever were played on Sunset Boulevard. In this illustration, the band's iconic "Hybrid Theory" soldier is shown in a moment of reflection. (Performed at The Roxy, House of Blues Sunset Strip.)
- Lyle Tuttle & Mark Phillips, “Tribute To My Friend, Janis Joplin”
Mixed media guitar celebrating the colorful music career of Janis Joplin. The design features her portrait, signature, tattoos and other mementos of her life. (Performed at the Whisky.)
- Kat Von D, “City Of Angels”
Graphite on paper and graphic wrap guitar using tattoo art inspiration to celebrate Los Angeles.
- Stacey Wells, “Welcome To My Nightmare”
Paint and mixed media guitar inspired by musician Alice Cooper. (Performed at the Whisky, House of Blues Sunset Strip.)
- The Wizard, “Forever Changes”
Graphic wrap guitar inspired by iconic 1960s L.A. band Love. (Performed at the Whisky.)
The Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip art project originally launched in 2010 with 24 art guitars celebrating artists including Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, The Runaways and Mötley Crüe. These guitars were auctioned for charity in 2011 with 100% of the $54,360 in proceeds benefitting local charities Los Angeles Youth Network, West Hollywood Arts & Cultural Commission and West Hollywood Library.
The 2012 GuitarTown edition raised funds for the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education’s “Arts Matter” campaign, supporting art and music education in public schools. The auction raised $52,280 and featured 18 art guitars created by internationally acclaimed and local artists, including Shepard Fairey, John Kosh and RISK and celebrated The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Stevie Nicks, British Rock Invasion and Van Halen, among others.
Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is supported by the Sunset Strip Business Association, Hornburg Land Rover on The Sunset Strip, City of West Hollywood and Visit West Hollywood. GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip is administered by the Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic division of Gibson Guitar Corp.
For more information about the February 21 auction and to view the guitars, please visit www.bonhams.com/guitars .