Saturday unveiling set for guitar sculptures

TUPELO – Downtown Tupelo will become more colorful in the near future.
On Saturday, 15 steel guitar sculptures will be unveiled during the 2011 Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival.
“They are going to be part of the parade,” said Kit Stafford, director of the GumTree Museum of Art. “They are going to be on the last vehicle in the parade.”
On Jan. 7, 2010, 14 guitar sculptures were unveiled and later positioned at sites in downtown Tupelo.
As with the 2010 batch, the 2011 guitars were decorated by students at Tupelo Public Schools. Unlike the earlier editions, not all of the new guitars will feature Elvis-inspired art.
“The students were inspired by all Mississippi music,” Stafford said. “Since Elvis was inspired by gospel, country and blues, the new guitars will still fit with the theme.”
The Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival Parade will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and it’ll travel from Church Street School on North Church Street, then turn east on Main Street and end at Front Street.
After the parade, the guitars will be on display at the GumTree Museum. Stafford said they’ll also be in front of the Lyric Theatre at some point during the day.
Final locations for the 150-pound sculptures haven’t been determined, but Stafford said some will be placed along Main Street on the way from Fairpark to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum.
“I’m excited about this. I think they will look great,” Stafford said. “We have so much talent in our art programs across Tupelo. I know the students will impress us.”
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