Open Letter to The City of Cleveland
Fix your flag!
Your city flag evokes the outdated “mistake on the lake” stereotype –not a dynamic “comeback city.”
It looks like it was designed by a student –because it WAS.
The middle looks like a lunchmeat label.
Also, France called: they want their flag back.
No one even knows what the two “bugs” in the shield’s top section are. (Actually, the “mosquito” is oars and an anchor on a windlass; the “tick” is a wheel/anvil/hammer combo.)
Current Flag of the City of Cleveland _______MORE BELOW (Shortcut URL to this image: http://bit.ly/1yCmsTG )
As an artist who spent two childhood years in Cleveland, I donate to the municipality my CLEVELAND ROCKS flag design:
The CLEVELAND ROCKS Flag _______MORE BELOW (Shortcut URL to this image: http://bit.ly/1rThxJs )
Now to symbolize industry and transit strength, the muddled “bugs” transform into the Anchor-Sledge device (itself, cool enough to be tattoo-worthy). It is marked, “CLEVELAND ROCKS / 1796 / PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY.”
From the electric guitar (!) zaps a zigzag resembling both a digital sound-graph and also an abstracted Cleveland skyline. Stars: from the city seal.
The green border is for the parks, forests, and museums; thus, the old culture joins the traditional working strength and the new vigor.
You deserve the most badass municipal flag in the U.S.
~ Artist Terry Ward, active in Brooklyn and in Virginia.
I'm serious, Cleveland. Contact me for a scalable .SVG image file to work with.
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