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Katie Hargrave / 17 Colonial Pine Flags (resisting a nation, building another, resisting a nation)

In 1691, the Mast Presevation Clause was written into the Massachusetts Bay Charter, making all old growth white pine the property of the King of England for the production of ships masts for the British naval fleet. Many colonists rebelled, and flag after flag was made with the image of the white pine. I remake these flags in an attempt to understand what it means to pay homage to a natural resource in a national symbol. I remake these flags to understand the building of a nation through resisting a nation.

Images taken by Sarah Kanouse

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