Guitar sculpture unveiled in Tupelo

TUPELO – A giant, Elvis-themed guitar sculpture now graces the northwest corner of Green and Crossover streets.
The sculpture, which was installed Tuesday, was made by Precision Machine, Transport Trailer and FastWrapz.com, according to Larry Michael, who owns the guitar art and the companies.
The sculpture is 211⁄2 feet tall and has fiber-optic lighting that changes colors at night. Even the clear-tuning knobs at the top of the guitar are rigged with fiber-optic lighting.
The guitar also has speakers that play Elvis music 24 hours a day. Michael said he got five CDs from the Elvis Presley Birthplace that play on a rotation.
Michael said the giant guitar was inspired by the 6-foot-tall guitar sculptures that line Main Street in downtown Tupelo.
“I think they are all really neat and beautiful,” Michael said.
The sculptures, which are scaled models of Elvis’ first guitar from Tupelo Hardware Co., were created by Nettleton-based Digital Impressions and painted by students from the Tupelo Public School District.
Michael said he’s a big Elvis fan and he wanted to make and install the giant guitar as a way to help promote Tupelo.
“We didn’t do it for advertising,” Michael said. “We didn’t do it for commercial reasons. … We just did that for the city and our employees. We just it because everybody enjoyed doing it.”
The body of the guitar features a mural of several Tupelo-related scenes, including Elvis’ concert at the fairgrounds, the Lyric Theatre and the TVA sign at Crosstown.
Inside the sound hole, the makers etched an image of Elvis in bulletproof glass. Elvis’ signature also is on the neck of the guitar.
Michael said it took about three months to make the guitar.

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