Boulevardia Guitar

Visitor Interactive

Dimensional Innovations was asked to create something incredible for Boulevardia, a two-day festival in Kansas City that’s all about music, food and beer. The goal was to create something big, iconic and interactive for the over 40,000 people entering the welcome center. So, what better than a 12-foot high, 500-pound electric guitar that visitors can actually play?

The DI team took the guitar from concept to completion in under five weeks. With an impressive team of developers, engineers, and fabricators, DI solved the tricky challenge of making the guitar completely free-standing with no visible supports. The guitar was made from MDF and steel. Inside, a Bare Conductive touch board was used to make the 16-gauge galvanized wire, stretched from the head to the bridge, conductive. Raspberry Pi was also used for the interface and sound generation. A total of 16 buttons allow the player to pick a chord and switch from ‘clean’ to ‘dirty’ mode.

500lbs

Guitar Weight

40,000

Boulevardia Visitors

250,000

Social Media Impressions

Once assembled and painted, the DI team also designed and printed nearly 100 vinyl stickers to represent the bands and breweries participating in the festival.

The guitar was not only an awesome photo and video opportunity for visitors, it also shows that an interactive project doesn’t necessarily need to include a touch screen or a projector. Some of the best interactive installations are the ones that don’t look like interactive installations.

The guitar now proudly sits (and shreds) inside Dimensional Innovations.