GuitarTown Murals Honor 'Wizard of Waukesha' Les Paul

Waukesha GuitarTown Phase two will be publicly unveiled on June 7.

Waukesha could have three to five murals installed in the downtown area in conjunction with the second phase of the Waukesha GuitarTown project.

The murals received the support of the Public Art Committee last week and head to a public hearing before the Waukesha Plan Commission at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 201 Delafield St.

A news release from the Waukesha GuitarTown project shares more about the murals:

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

The Waukesha GuitarTown project will have 15 ten-foot fiberglass guitars added to the 10 already completed guitars on display bring the total to 25 guitars, which are featured on the Downtown Waukesha’s Guitar Walking Tour Pick.

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 2013 will build on the momentum of last year and will continue to unite Waukesha area business and cultural communities. This year we are also building an educational component in to our Waukesha GuitarTown Project 2013. Students from Waukesha School District from North and West High School, Central Middle School, Saratoga StemSchool and La Casa De Esperanza will paint a 10-foot-tall guitars as part of our encore project. Students from Butler Middle School will paint three playable guitars and students from Waukesha Catholic Schools St. Joseph campus will paint a playable Les Paul Guitar.

The Waukesha GuitarTown Committee is excited about this project and is continuing planning for the unveiling of the Guitars on June 6 private Gala, and June 7 opening of Waukesha’s Summer Music series called Waukesha Freeman’s Friday Night Live season which will feature seven stages of live music every Friday Night from June until October.


Tj April 22, 2013 at 02:41 AM
I have long dreamt of a town where every resident plays guitar, and makeshift troubadours roam Main Street, smiling, spreading songs of joy through the city centre, and making music matter again. Long songs sung by long haired singers stream from open windows and doors. Everyone's holding hands, harmonizing, helping others hit the high notes. Please, GuitarTown Committee Members, help make my dream come true.


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