Check Out the Huge Eddie Van Halen Mural Unveiled at Guitar Center in Hollywood for EVH’s 66th Birthday

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Today, Jan. 26, would have been the 66th birthday of late guitar icon Eddie Van Halen, an unrivaled master of the axe whose absence is felt more than ever after his passing last October from a prolonged battle with cancer.

To commemorate the occasion, an artist named Robert Vargas had been hard at work painting a massive mural of the man known as EVH on an exterior wall near Guitar Center in Hollywood — and his work is just about finished, with the official unveiling set for Tuesday (which happens to also be the one-year anniversary of the death of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant).

Standing 17 feet high and more than 100 feed wide, the mural captures Eddie Van Halen shredding away, and is really a sight to behold. It’s the sort of visual that will surely attract visitors to the presentation for photo-ops in the future.

Wolf Van Halen, Eddie’s son, shared his appreciation of the gesture.

Here was an update late Monday night from Vargas as he neared the finish line:

Last week, Vargas’s project was featured in a video segment from on-air radio host Leeza London of KXFM 104.7 FM, with London also notes that Vargas will end up in the Guinness Book of World Records for painting the biggest mural singlehandedly. That’s impressive stuff!

Here’s the video, which also includes a quick interview with Vargas about the project he’s undertaking:

The official unveiling is set for later on Tuesday, EVH’s 66th birthday. Stay tuned for more photos from the ceremony.

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