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Jeff Koons & 192 Other NYers Designed Colorful New Flags For Rockefeller Center Installation

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

Jeff Koons & 192 Other NYers Designed Colorful New Flags For Rockefeller Center Installation

The flags surrounding Rockefeller Center are pretty iconic.

In the winter they shine silver and gold around the tree and ice skating rink, while for Pride Month they’re made over in bright rainbow colors. Well now, designs by New Yorkers, plus a handful of famous artists, have taken over the plaza.

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Earlier this year the Center launched “The Flag Project,” which presented all New Yorkers with a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to design a flag that could be flown at Rockefeller Center. Their designs could celebrate anything they wanted about the city, “its diverse culture, vibrant energy, strength, and resiliency.”

And now, the winners of the contest have been printed on 8-foot by 5-foot flags that are currently flying together as a temporary exhibition.

Along with the public’s works, some famous artists and notable New Yorkers contributed as well, like…

Jeff Koons:

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Christian Siriano:

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Laurie Anderson:

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And Carmen Herrera:

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Plus Marina Abramović, Sarah Sze, Steve Powers, KAWS, Hank Willis Thomas, Jenny Holzer, Shantell Martin, Sanford Biggers, and Faith Ringgold.

You can admire at the flags from below, and also enjoy close looks at the original submission prints:

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The Flag Project will be on display through August 16!

In other news: A Nearly 5,000-Pound Gorilla Statue Is Taking Over Hudson Yards This Summer

featured image source: Courtesy of Tishman Speyer