Local artist shares patriotic art with Bay Ridge, nation
Brooklyn artist will be the first allowed to paint at Arlington National Cemetery
A local artist who has left his patriotic calling card in Bay Ridge has now taken his talents nationwide.
Scott LoBaido is creating a series of artworks of America’s monuments and memorials that are designed to pay tribute to the country’s armed forces, including all five branches of the U.S. military.
LoBaido is working in partnership with the Spirit of Liberty Foundation on the project, which is called the “Spirit of Liberty Collection.”
The Spirit of Liberty Collection is set to tour the country.
The first painting in the series, a 4-foot-by-6-foot canvas, will be completed at LoBaido on hallowed ground — Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington, D.C. LoBaido is the first artist allowed to paint at Arlington National Cemetery, according to the Spirit of Liberty Foundation.
LoBaido stated that his goal is twofold: 1) To invent new ways to portray the American flag and 2) To promote the greatness of America.
Among his most well-known works is a 3-D painting of the American flag in Houston. The painting, which measures 150,000 square feet, required 900 gallons of paint to complete.
LoBaido recently brought his patriotic touch to Bay Ridge. The Staten Island-based artist painted a large American flag on the wall of an apartment building at 675 86th St. His design makes it appear as if the Stars and Stripes are waving in a breeze. Lights have been placed on the ground and are turned on at night to illuminate the artwork.
The giant flag has attracted a great deal of feedback, particularly from motorists driving by the scene. The apartment building is located next to the 86th Street entrance of the Gowanus Expressway.
LoBaido has seen his fame grow in recent years. He has appeared on CNN, FOX, “NBC Nightly News” and “ABC World News Tonight.”
The Spirit of Liberty Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to support and honor the nation’s military members and their families. The group holds events throughout the year.
For more information on LoBaido and his work, visit http://scottlobaido.com.
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