GuitarMania is a public art project that raises money for United Way of Greater Cleveland as well as many Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum education programs in a fun and interesting way.
Standing approximately nine feet tall, over 50 Fender Stratocaster guitars have been sponsored by different corporations, organizations and individuals, to be designed by both local and celebrity artists.
While some may be purchased back by their sponsors prior to the event, most of the guitars will be auctioned off at the GuitarMania Gala Auction on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
The guitars have been dispersed throughout the city of Cleveland since June.
However, they were recently moved to the front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum where they await their October auction.
Some artists choose to creatively paint the guitars or simply decorate them, while others went as far as sculpting their own add-ons.
For instance, Gregory Glueck, the artist responsible for the “Cleveland Rock Garden Hybrid,” sponsored by the Saint Luke’s Foundation, went a little further than decorations. Glueck’s design incorporates flowers, leaves and insects by adding vines around the guitar.
Brandon Woodle and Mike Discenzo, creators of “Forward,” which was sponsored by Hyland Software, also had a very inventive approach. Their design includes a computer monitor being impaled by the over-sized guitar, as well as a mess of computer printouts at the base of the structure.
These designs, as well as many others, make for extremely pleasing artwork. Not to mention, the art is for a good cause.
United Way of Greater Clevleand is a local, independent non-profit organization that raises money to support over 130 agencies in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.
These agencies offer health and human care service programs for those in need. They also raise money for Vision Councils, which is a community-wide health and human service agenda, according to Cleveland.com.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum funds various educational programs that are very beneficial.
GuitarMania 2007 has raised over $1.5 million for these two beneficiaries. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, with the auction begining at 8:00 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Tickets start at $75.