“Code name” Gigantar
The largest guitar structure mounted to a building along Route 66 in Illinois!
The Gigantar project was funded by a DCEO Route 66 Grant managed by the Heritage Corridor CVB
The Heritage Corridor CVB was instrumental in assisting the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 secure a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity for a sculpture to be fabricated and mounted on the outside of our building at 9 W. Cass Street in Joliet. That sculpture, so named Gigantar by Shannon MacDonald World’s Greatest Beatles Artist, because the sculpture is a 24' tall guitar, is in the final stages of completion and it is ready to head to her new home at 9 W. Cass Street in downtown Joliet.
Legacy Express Trucking will leave Freehold New Jersey on January 14th to bring Gigantar home with a team from the museum documenting the trip. Gigantar will stop along the way for a few photo opportunities on January 15th & 16th especially during the last leg of the trip traveling from Springfield to Joliet, IL along Route 66.
Follow Gigantar’s adventure on the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 Facebook & Instagram pages. #ilrr66gigantar and share your photos with us.
Gigantar’s adventure has been made possible by the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity, Heritage Corridor CVB, Legacy Express Trucking, Old National Bank, and D’Arcy Buick GMC.
Gigantar's Shell During Production
Meet the artist
The Illinois Rock & Roll Museum commissioned world-renowned artist Shannon MacDonald to create the 24-foot tall sculpture. MacDonald has created artwork for many in the entertainment industry as well as the worlds of sports and politics including Cheap Trick,The Beatles, Slyvester Stallone, James Dean, Jackie Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Princess Diana of Wales, JFK Jr. and more.