FAYETTEVILLE -- It is a 12 by 45 foot painting of the stars and stripes, and it has landed in Fayetteville. Artist Scott LoBaido has traveled to the Sandhills and across the U.S. to paint giant murals of the American flag.
With every stroke of his paint brush and touch of his hands, Scott LoBaido puts all of his energy into creating Old Glory.
"We don't look at it as a work of art, and it truly is a work of art,” said Scott LoBaido, patriot artist.
Lobaido started a mural on Monday. He has traveled across the country bringing the red, white, and blue stars and stripes to towns all over America. He says it's not the masterpiece he is creating, it's the masterpiece he is re-creating.
"To me, the greatest work of art is the Star Spangled Banner. It has, I think it's just a beautiful image and the meaning behind it, a true work of art has to have the most powerful meaning. It's the powerful, beautiful. It's the most recognizable work of art in the world,” said Scott LoBaido, patriot artist.
Lobaido is painting right in the middle of Festival Park, letting the community watch on as it's created.
"There is no, other than a song, there is nothing else that represents this country more than the flag, and so him going from place to place, it's that reminder, yeah we have personal flags, we even have screen savers with the flag on it. But here is this beyond life size example of what America stands for, what America is about,” said Aissatou Sunjata, Fayetteville resident.
No matter how many times LoBaido has done this painting, each one has its own special meaning and symbolism behind it.
"It's just a zone that I can't explain. And I have painted the flag, the stars and bars, I don't know how many thousands of times and ever since that first one that was so passionate, this one the latest, I am just as passionate. It's just something you cannot explain. Thank God I have this gift to express how I feel,” said LoBaido.