Gibson, presenter of Miami GuitarTown along with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County, revealed a new completed model of its set of 10-feet tall guitar sculptures. Miami’s emerging Cuban-American artist Ray Corral let the cameras take an exclusive preview of his remarkable “Gateway to the Americas” Gibson Les Paul 10-foot guitar.
“The guitar design is a simple woman in a renaissance style,” said Corral. “Her hair turns into flags representing the diversity of the Hispanic cultural vibes in South Florida, ending with the U.S. flag at the top.” The piece is inlaid with about 900 hand-cut pieces of Italian smalti mosaic per square feet and the guitar itself is professionally finished in high gloss.
The “Gateway to the Americas” Gibson Guitar sculpture will be part of the Miami GuitarTown’s exceptional display of 10-foot Gibson guitar sculptures and regular-sized Epiphone guitars artistically designed and painted by local and nationally acclaimed visual artists and placed throughout Miami in front of city landmarks, sponsor locations and other popular destinations. All proceeds of the Miami GuitarTown project will benefit three local charities: The Miami Music & Art Fund, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, and The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.
About The Artist: Ray Corral
The life of Ray Corral is one of a young kid whose ambition and talent have put him on a road of fame and success.
During elementary and high school, he began to explore an array of artistic modalities, including music, paint, design and architecture. After graduation, Ray immersed himself in music, finding a strong aptitude for percussion. Within a remarkably short time, he started to receive gigs from Gerry Kelly, Ingrid Casares, and Chris Paciello to name a few, and perform at top nightclubs. Ultimately, Ray received contracts from top recording artists and labels, landing gigs and tours with Universal Studios and Madonna.
While his life on tour was a thrilling adventure, Ray always felt something was missing — until, that is, he discovered his talent for mosaic art. Having started off with a kitchen wall and some broken tile, after 10 years of focused effort and imagination, Ray now owns a mosaic company specialized in swimming pool mosaic finishes and murals, commercial wall mosaic murals, and church mosaic work for many denominations and partners.
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