Thursday, January 26, 2012

Blue Awesome

Finally the Legislature seems to behind something that is arguably not stupid. South Dakota's flag is, well, a bit 19th century, artistically uninspiring, and does not represent our natural and First Nations heritage at all. How excellent it is that one of South Dakota's finest artists came up with a concept that meets the need.
You can read more about this design at the RCJ in an excellent article by David Montgomery (OK, let's just say it, I'm a fan.)

Termes said he tried to blend together two different motifs: the sunburst from the traditional state flag and a medicine wheel to represent Native American heritage.

The bill wouldn't abolish the old flag. All official flags made before July 1 would remain official even after the new design went into effect. The law would also authorize displaying the state seal - currently at the center of the flag - as a flag or banner.

If you are as thrilled about this flag as I am -- please contact your state legislators. Although apparently there isn't a lot of opposition right now, when it comes down to it, the loudest voices seem to speak against changes, even (maybe especially) small ones.

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