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Katie Hargrave / How to fold L'etoile du Nord

By design, flags can allow for a codified, simple method to demonstrate our identity to those around us. They are potent and efficient symbols, and when well designed and oft used, are able to carry the weight of our history within their designs. In this project, I explored the complex symbolism of the Minnesota state flag. This research manifests itself in multiple installations including native tree identification guides, star charts, county maps, and participatory orchid planting stations. As the symbolism and history of flags are unpacked and questioned, the history and understanding of the state itself becomes topically intertwined. Local school children – the usual audience for a state history lesson – have created new flags which were mass produced and available to visitors.

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