Tunnel to Towers, Scott LoBaido, LeHigh Valley, Gary Sinise
Renowned artist Scott LoBaido, whose stunning depictions of the American flag can be seen all across America-from a 150,000 sq. ft. flag on a roof in Houston, TX, to a 20-ft. x 40-ft. flag on a Boys and Girls Club building in Temecula, CA-is now set to bring his patriotic artistry to the Lehigh Valley.
LoBaido will begin painting his trademark creation on Wednesday, August 8 as a thank you to Army Sgt. Adam Keys for his military service. The wall chosen to display LoBaido's artistry is adjacent to the State Theatre, at the corner of Northampton Street and North 5th Street, in Easton.
LoBaido says he considers the American flag, "The greatest piece of art ever created." That is why he says he wants to paint Old Glory in the Lehigh Valley to thank Keys for his service, as well as all the people who are supporting efforts to build Keys a "smart home," by purchasing a ticket to the Lt. Dan Band Concert.
Keys, a local hero, lost three limbs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan that has resulted in his undergoing more than 120 surgeries to date.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (named after a firefighter who was killed on 9/11), and the Gary Sinise Foundation have partnered to build a "smart home," to enable Keys to lead an independent life.
To raise funds to build the house, actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise is performing a special concert with his Lt. Dan Band, named after the double-amputee veteran Sinise played in "Forrest Gump." The concert is on Friday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre.
Says Frank Siller, chairman of The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, "We can't thank the folks in Lehigh Valley enough for supporting Adam in such a meaningful way. We also see Scott's flag as a permanent, very special thank you to Shelley Brown and the good people at the State Theatre for their enormous assistance and support."
Where/when to see LoBaido paint his American flag: On wall adjacent to the State Theatre-at the corner of Northampton Street and North 5th Street, in Easton. Best time for media-about 1 p.m.