Guitars moved indoors for the season

10-foot Gibson guitars at new locations

Jennifer Espenscheid's GuitarTown guitar includes bone pieces and metal rods.

Jennifer Espenscheid's GuitarTown guitar includes bone pieces and metal rods. Photo By Submitted Photo

Nov. 14, 2012

Those wondering where the 10-foot-tall Gibson Les Paul guitars have gone, don't have to worry about their whereabouts. They have not disappeared.

They've just gone inside for the winter season.

The 10-foot fiberglass guitars that were designed by local artists for the GuitarTown project had been outside at various locations in downtown Waukesha since they were unveiled in June.

Most of the guitars are now moving to a new location.

Ramona Audley's guitar, formerly at First Federal Bank, can now be seen at City Hall, 201 Delafield St.

Jennifer Espenscheid's guitar, with its an eccentric design, is inside Waukesha Tattoo Company at Galleria's Edge, 463 W. Main St.

Gene Evans's guitar (inspired by two of Les Paul's songs) can be found at Sunset Bank, 521 W. Sunset Drive. It was formerly at the Waukesha County Museum.

Team Guthrie's "Red Hot Red" guitar, formerly at Avalon Square, is now at Carroll University's Student Center, 100 N. East Ave.

Tom Noll's splashy Les-Paul inspired guitar, which had been sitting outside The Freeman building, is now at Waukesha Community Health Clinic, 309 E. North St.

Bill Reid's guitar named "Harmonious Heronymouse Bush of Beasts" is now inside the White House of Music, 2101 Springdale Road. It had previously been at Couri Insurance.

Marcia Schneider's guitar, which was inspired by the Les Paul-Mary Ford song, "Hummingbird," is inside the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave. It had been outside Taylor's People's Park.

Ben Stark's guitar, formerly outside Waukesha State Bank, is now inside La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave.

Jeff Seymour's guitar, which is full of Les Paul references, is inside the Springs Building, 521 Wisconsin Ave.

And Chuck Weber's guitar, which honors Les Paul's inventing skills, has been moved from Waukesha State Bank to the We Energies building, 231 W. Michigan Ave., in Milwaukee.

Besides these guitars, the 17 playable guitars that have resided inside downtown Waukesha businesses since the GuitarTown kickoff earlier this year will still be visible to the public.

When the 10-foot guitars are brought back outside next year, they will be joined by a new collection of guitars as Mayor Jeff Scrimarecently announced that there will be a second phase of Waukesha GuitarTown that will allow local artists to paint more guitars that will reside in Waukesha.

He said he hopes to have a similar kickoff event coinciding with the beginning of the 2013 Friday Night Live music series and the late Les Paul's birthday at the beginning of June.

Details of GuitarTown II, however, are still in the very early stages.


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