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While the man is doing all that he can to thwart the arts in Miami (we kid, man, don't hurt us), Gibson Guitar is injecting a bit of it into every corner of the city. Remember when the flamingos took to the streets of Miami in colorful defiance? Gibson is giving that idea a Rock and Roll spin with Guitar Town; 70 guitar sculptures and showcase guitars that have been embellished by local artists are exhibited at parks, buildings, and other locations throughout the city. Some are 10-feet tall, some are the more traditional-sized Epiphone guitars, but all make a statement whether it's "I'm cute" like the candy-pink confection signed by Katy Perry or "I'm bad ass" like the one that bears a technicolor Miami skyline and the Allman Brothers' John Hancock. " The Miami GuitarTown project is one of the most vibrant and colorful art project I have seen," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "We are thrilled to join the many visual and musical artists who participated in this project and look forward to raising substantial funds for the local charities while attracting worldwide attention to a city that is known for its creative and colorful personality."
This public arts project is doing more thna make our streets rock a little harder. On September 26, 2009 the guitars will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the GIbson Foundation, which administers Miami GuitarTown and has completed this project in Nashville, Austin, Orlando and London. If you want a guitar covered with toy soldiers making up a dope camouflage print, prepare to get your auction on. Check out details and a map of guitar locations at miamiguitartown.com.