SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – As if on cue, just as the curtain came down on the controversial Coloring Book sculpture at the Golden 1 Center, the tweet went up.
Sacramento native David Garibaldi tweeted his own big announcement: he’ll be performing for the president at the White House.READ MORE: Sacramento Judge Rejects US Bid To Send Refugee To Iraq In Terror Case
We asked if the timing of his tweet was intentional
“You know, I wish I could say it was,” Garibaldi said.
Garibaldi is a Sacramento-native-turned-internationally-known performing artist.
“I represent Sacramento wherever I go … including the White house on October 3rd,” Garibaldi said.
He’s also been a vocal critic of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s decision to pay $8 million for New York artist Jeff Koons’ work.READ MORE: City Of Davis Cancels Annual Fourth Of July Celebration Due To Public Health Risks
“I think we have to look at why are we even talking about this. Well, because there’s a lot of people that were not happy with the process taken to choose this art,” Garibaldi said.
Koons was introduced at this unveiling as the world’s most influential post-war artist. One of his sculptures sold recently sold for $58 million.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson seemed to acknowledge the debate the sculpture has created.
“As a nation, we can use art, and our feeling about it, to engage in debate and discussion,” Johnson said at the unveiling of the art.
Sacramento artist Gale Hart was awarded a spot for her sculpture “Missing the Mark” of darts dotting L Street alongside the Golden 1 Center.
“It’s not like you get rich from public art, but you get exposure you would never get in a gallery or museum or anywhere else,” Hart said.
Garibaldi said he thinks the city should wait for the sculpture’s value to appreciate, then sell it for a profit.MORE NEWS: ‘Kill Me;’ Stunning BodyCam Video Of Danville Police Shooting Released; Officer Faces Charges In Prior Suspect Killing