Calling all Bruce Springsteen fans! Grab your selfie stick and stop by the Belmar Public Library for a photo opportunity like no other. On the library lawn, at the corner of 10th Avenue and E Street, you’ll find an eight-foot-tall replica of Springsteen’s famous Fender Esquire guitar.
The commemorative guitar display was created for the Belmar Tourism Commission by local artist Bob Mataranglo to honor The Boss's Jersey Shore roots. In the early 1970s, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band used to practice at 1105 E Street in Belmar, the childhood home of the band’s original keyboard player, David Sancious.
Before leaving the band in 1974 to pursue a solo recording career, Sancious played on Springsteen’s first two albums, ''Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.'' and ''The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle.''
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The cover image on Springsteen’s blockbuster “Born to Run” album, which was released by Columbia records in 1975, served as the artist's inspiration for the 150-pound plywood and stainless steel sculpture. The piece took about three months from start to finish, according to news reports.
Belmar Public Library
517 10th Avenue
Belmar, New Jersey 07719
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