8. August 2011 12:59
You don’t have to be a seasoned Vexillologist in order to appreciate the intricate history of flags. Nor do you have to be a professional flag stitcher to create one of your own. As humans we have long utilized these textile-based objects as a means of communication, from sailing on the open seas, to national emblems seen outside of embassies, as well as homes, around the world.
The origin of the flag began with field signs, which were apparent during the roman times of antiquity, and continue to be utilized in the present day for the representation of symbolic imagery.
In honor of this rich history, the Lillstreet Art Center brings us a unique presentation of flags created by local Chicago artists. From May through December there will be a call for artists to show their creations on a rotating basis.
If I was able to partake, I’d definitely go raiding the laundry room for silly materials to fly on the pole. But anyway this is a great opportunity for all artists to create an innovative and surprising piece to fly where traditional flags are usually placed. The flag flying space includes four 9ft flagpoles and great visibility from the CTA and Metra trains.
There will be two awards that will go to the best flag installations
- 1st place will receive $500
- 2nd place will receive $150
To submit a proposal to Lillstreet include:
- Sketches of each flag
- Materials you plan to use
- Size of Flag
- Title for series
- Preferred month to display
- Artist statement
- Resume or CV
- Examples of recent work
Mailed proposals should be sent to:
4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago IL 60640
C/0 Camille Canales
Emailed proposals should be sent to
You can also visit http://www.lillstreet.com/ for more information!