It began on Nov. 20, 2006, with 35 10-foot-tall fiberglass Gibson guitars, as well as 30 standard-sized showcase guitars. For the next year, the 10-foot giants would garnish Austin's popular streets, parks, restaurants, and landmarks. On Oct. 17, 2007, all of the celebrity-sponsored or -decorated guitars went up for bid, pumping $589,000 into the music, arts, and soul of our city: The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the Austin Museum of Art, American YouthWorks, and the Austin Children's Museum all benefited from the GuitarTown public art project.
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