Driving along Sunset Boulevard today I noticed that David 'Rudy' Gardner's 'Star Struck' GuitarTown sculpture had gotten a bit of a makeover.
New look for the 'Star Struck' guitar
The work by West Hollywood resident and artist which can be found outside the Sunset Strip's Andaz Hotel is sporting a much bolder look than its previous incarnation.
Before the facelift
At first I thought I'd discovered the missing guitar in the twenty-six giant Gibson Les Paul guitars that invaded the Sunset Strip last August as part of a public outdoor art project, GuitarTown. That final creation still eludes me.
'Star Struck' GuitarTown sculpture by David 'Rudy' Gardner
The thing I noticed on closer inspection about Star Struck that I overlooked before, were the names of famous bands and musicians along the guitar's strings, like The Doors, Van Halen, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains and the Smashing Pumpkins. It's a nice touch.
I remember there being a blank space recently where this guitar rests and I thought it had moved to a new position along the Strip, but it must have been getting a facelift in that time (quite a popular activity in L.A., so why not). The revamped result is much stronger and really stands out, so it's nice to have it back.
Be sure to check out these other GuitarTown sculptures, like Erin Lareau's Katy Perry guitar homage, Ron English's Slash guitar, Kiss guitar tribute and more.
With luck I'll find that elusive twenty-sixth guitar sometime soon...