PROJECTS ON THE SUNSET STRIP, LOS ANGELES, CA:
Tsipi Mani, Black Eyed Peas. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. The iconic guitar with bee motif celebrates the music of Los Angeles-based hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas.
On Monday, March 12, Gibson GuitarTown II will launch on The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood with the unveiling of the first nine 10-foot tall guitar sculptures. The selection includes works from renowned artists Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Free Humanity, Smog City and DeeKay, and celebrates top musicians, including Van Halen, Rage Against The Machine and Jane's Addiction, among others.GIBSON GUITARTOWN ON THE SUNSET STRIP launched in August 2010 featuring more than 20 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars strategically placed on the legendary Sunset Strip. Each guitar sculpture celebrated a musician, personality or artist unique to The Sunset Strip's history. As intended, the 24 guitars were auctioned off this past December 2011 after their yearlong "tour" with 100% of the $54,360 in profits going to charity. The public art project is now moving into its second phase with the first nine new guitars--out of more than 20 total--being exclusively unveiled at an invitation-only event hosted by Hornburg Los Angeles on The Sunset Strip at their luxurious Jaguar and Land Rover showroom.
The launch event will also feature a check presentation by legendary guitarist SLASH--who is in the studio finishing his second solo album Apocalyptic Love due out May 22--and his wife Perla Hudson to 2010-11 GuitarTown charity recipient, Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN). LAYN will receive $27,180 from the auction of the previous round of GuitarTown art guitars, which included guitars celebrating Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, The Runaways, Oingo Boingo and Cheech & Chong, among others. SLASH and Perla have worked closely with LAYN--which provides outreach, food, emergency shelter, transitional living and educational enrichment programs for homeless adolescents--for several years. Other organizations to benefit from the auction proceeds include West Hollywood Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission to further support public art and artists on The Sunset Strip and the West Hollywood Library.
"We were thrilled with the results of the first round of GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip and are excited to extend the public art project for another year," noted Sunset Strip Business Association Executive Director Todd Steadman. "The new round of guitars features a mix of important cultural themes while also celebrating artists that were influential to the boulevard, including Buffalo Springfield, Van Halen, Jane's Addiction and Rage Against The Machine."
The Sunset Strip Business Association, which is presenting the project in conjunction with Gibson, plans to unveil additional art guitars later this spring. All art guitars will be created by local and nationally recognized artists and will celebrate people and places that have shaped The Strip. As with the first exhibit, these guitars will eventually be auctioned with proceeds benefiting charity.
GIBSON GUITARTOWN AUCTION: February 21, 2014
Joan Jett was honored at the Sunset Strip Music Festival at Hollywood's legendary venue the Whiskey a Go Go. Above, Jett accepts a Tsipi's guitar design, Unvarnished (2013).
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD: December 14, 2013
City of West Hollywood inaugurates Tsipi's sculpture Doggie Dog (Homage to Giacometti) on December 14, 2013. It is outside the entrance of the West Hollywood Public Library.
Read on about the inaugural event:
ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES, 2012
Returning to the country where she was born, Tsipi donated a stainless steel hand to the Israeli Defense Forces in 2012.
2011: PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES
Tsipi's Red Shalom decorates the office of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Gifted 2011.
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