Art Assault – Sunset Strip GuitarTown

CraveOnline heads to Bonhams Sunset Strip auction house for a unique look at some large-scale  guitar art pieces for the Gibson GuitarTown fundraiser.

Shane Hirschmanby Shane Hirschman

Since 2010, Los Angeles locals may have noticed some massive Gibson Les Paul sculptures speckled across the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. For the end of the 2012 GuitarTown street exhibition, Gibson GuitarTown just held a charity auction at Bonhams, where CraveOnline had exclusive access to checkout all 18 guitar art pieces from world renown artists such as Tristan Eaton, Shepard Fairey, RISK, John Kosh, Tsipi Mani, and Juliana Martinez. Appropriately paying homage to the rock n' roll history of the Strip, the art guitars were inspired by such artists as Jane's Addiction, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, T-Rex, and even the more recent, Black Eyed Peas. 

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Photo: Art guitars (from left to right). Roberto Chojniak – "Bella Donna" inspired by Stevie Nicks, Tsipi Mani – "Black Eyed Peas", and Juliana Martinez – "There's Something Happening Here"

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Photo: The show floor with Tristan Eaton's "Moms Not Bombs" in the foreground.


Check out our exclusive interviews with featured artists, Tristan Eaton, Tsipi Mani, and Juliana Martinez, below in our fourth installment of the CraveOnline series, Art Assault :

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