Muralist Robert Vargas places the ending touches on a brand new Eddie Van Halen mural at Hollywood’s Guitar Center. (Guitar Center)Happy birthday, Eddie Van Halen.On Tuesday — which might have been the late rock star’s 66th birthday — a colourful mural of the guitarist is about to be unveiled outdoors Guitar Center’s flagship retailer in Hollywood. Painted by Los Angeles artist Robert Vargas, the 17-by-105-foot portrait depicts the musician shredding his signature “Frankenstrat” guitar.Van Halen died in October at age 65 after battling throat most cancers.”Eddie was one of my creative heroes,” Vargas stated in an announcement. “When I was young, the debut Van Halen record was the first album I ever owned. He influenced me over the years in so many different ways.”As quickly because the information hit of his passing, I knew I needed to do one thing inventive to memorialize him, and Guitar Center was the apparent venue. Right right here on the Sunset Strip, the place the band made their bones — I am unable to consider a greater place for this tribute to him, and I thank Guitar Center for giving me the canvas to share it with the world.”Located on Sunset Boulevard, Guitar Center’s Hollywood location already boasts multiple tributes to the “Runnin’ With the Devil” hitmaker, including instrumental memorabilia and Van Halen’s handprints, the latter of which are featured prominently outdoors on the store’s star-studded RockWalk. The building also bears a mural of another guitar god, Jimi Hendrix.In recent months, California and its City of Angels have seen a number of murals go up in honor of fallen entertainment heroes, including screen icon Chadwick Boseman and Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who died with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter accident exactly one year ago.Upon his death last year, a slew of rockers saluted the Van Halen co-founder on social media. Heartfelt tributes poured in from Van Halen lead vocalist Sammy Hagar, Kiss musicians and singer-songwriter Billy Idol, as well as Van Halen’s son, bassist Wolf Van Halen, and ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli.Story continues”Happy 66th Birthday, Pop,” Wolf Van Halen wrote Tuesday on Instagram. “I want I might provide the greatest hug and have a good time it with you. I like and miss you a lot it hurts. I don’t even know easy methods to put it into phrases. I’m doing my greatest to carry it collectively, however goddammit it’s actually powerful being right here with out you.”Van Halen fans are encouraged to visit Guitar Center’s Instagram and YouTube pages for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the mural, which was scheduled to be completed and signed by Vargas at 1 p.m. today.”When you’re employed onerous at one thing, you’ll be able to reach your full potential,” Vargas said in a statement. “Be true to your artwork, and your artwork shall be true to you. I had the prospect to satisfy Eddie just a few years again, and since he and I related on the character of artwork and creativity, portray him right here is therapeutic.”This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.