North Olmsted, OH — Moen has sponsored a 10-foot-tall Fender Stratocaster guitar to be showcased during this year’s GuitarMania. Sixty of the giant, custom-designed guitars can be seen throughout downtown Cleveland – all focusing on a theme created by local artists and national celebrities such as Alice Cooper and Cyndi Lauper.
GuitarMania, a Greater Cleveland community public art project that started in 2002, has raised $2 million for two benefiting charities – United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational programs. Area corporations, organizations and individuals donate $7,500 for the opportunity to partner with a variety of local artists to paint, sculpt and decorate a guitar. The guitars will be on display around the city until the end of August, when they will be moved to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for a live auction on October 20, 2012.
“This is the first GuitarMania in five years, and Moen, along with the Cleveland community, is excited to see it back once again,” explained Mark Loeper, vice president and general manager of Creative Specialties International, Moen. “This event is not only a great way to support local charities; it’s also a wonderful opportunity to give recognition to local artists.”
The Moen-sponsored “Splash” themed guitar was designed by Jacqueline DelBrocco, a 2007 graduate of Wittenberg University, and took about a month to create. A jumping figure can be seen on the front of the guitar, and the Cleveland Skyline on the back – both sides are incorporated into a dynamic design centered around splashes of water. The brilliant blue art piece can be found on Cleveland’s Public Square across from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.