There is nothing quite like the moment when an athlete wins gold — the feeling, the spirit, the magic. That is exactly the sentiment that performance artist David Garibaldi hoped to capture in New York City’s Times Square during a special show in support of Team USA and the 2012 London Summer Games. Watch him talk with genConnect about his Olympic inspiration:
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Garibaldi’s synergy of music and art is what makes him unique as a painter and a performer.
“I create images in an entertaining way in a short amount of time. It’s a music,” Garibaldi said of his performance.
As someone who has performed paintings of countless iconic figures like Michael Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr., Garibaldi was inspired as an American by the passion and dedication of Team USA’s athletes.
“It was inspired by Raise Our Flag [campaign], that moment when an athlete wins a gold and you get to hold your country’s flag above your head,” Garibaldi told genConnect. “Being an artist, starting from nothing, and using whatever passion or talent I had inside me, [these athletes] have done that on such a high level that is inspiring to all of us who are not even athletes.”