Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Eddie Van Halen Mural Has Been Unveiled At Guitar Center In Los Angeles

Los Angeles based artist Robert Vargas has just unveiled his Eddie Van Halen mural in downtown LA, on what would have been the legend’s 66th birthday. The mural at the Guitar Center on the Sunset Strip, is approximately 17 feet high and 105 feet long! 

Regarding the project, Vargas said: “Eddie was one of my creative heroes. When I was young, the debut VAN HALEN record was the first album I ever owned. He influenced me over the years in so many different ways. As soon as the news hit of his passing, I knew I had to do something creative to memorialize him, and Guitar Center was the obvious venue. Right here on the Sunset Strip, where the band made their bones – I can’t think of a better place for this tribute to him, and I thank Guitar Center for giving me the canvas to share it with the world.” 

Vargas continued, “When you work hard at something, you can reach your full potential. Be true to your art, and your art will be true to you. I had the chance to meet Eddie a few years back, and because he and I connected on the nature of art and creativity, painting him here is therapeutic. Thank you, Guitar Center for allowing me to use my creative process to connect with him one more time and share it with the world.”

Guitar Center Category manager Jean-Claude Escudie added: “Eddie Van Halen was a truly monumental force in rock music. He made lead guitar playing popular when it might have been slipping away into punk and new wave minimalist territory, and then basically the entire 80s hard rock scene followed in his wake. Guitar Center saw this first-hand, as generations of lead guitarists have flocked to our stores to try to capture something of what inspires them about Eddie’s sound. Besides that, sometimes people forget that he was an immigrant and multi-racial, so in so many ways his story is the story of the American experience.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Advertisement

Trending

Subscribe

Advertisement