Raising New York City right

Written by Adam Bryce

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NYC’s Rockefeller Center will act as a virtual flag pole for a new public art initiative celebrating the city’s strength and unity.

In a tangible sign of solidarity, flag designs for a public art installation entitled The Flag Project will be erected around Rockefeller Center’s famous skating rink. Among the creatives on show, will be acclaimed artists Jeff Koons (of [mostly] balloon animals fame), Stephen Powers (of contemporary mural fame), Marina Abramović (of performance art fame), Jenny Holzer (of neo-conceptual fame) and KAWS (of [mostly] toy fame).

The Flag Project might be headlined by the aforementioned art royalty but, in keeping with the spirit of the project itself, it’s not all a who’s who. The installation will feature works chosen from over 1000 submitted designs, meaning an assortment of new and emerging artists are also included in the inclusive line-up.

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Stephen Powers is a contemporary American artist best known for his text-based conceptual works. Frequently emblazoned on the sides of storefronts, large buildings and gallery walls, his works are influenced by graphic design and traditional sign painting. Powers established his career as a graffiti artist in New York in the early 90s, going by the alias ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach). The artist’s work primarily deals with issues of legality and political disenfranchisement.

Jeff Koons was born in Pennsylvania and now lives in New York City. Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’ work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. He’s recognised for his work dealing with pop culture and sculptures depicting everyday objects, including his distinguishable balloons produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces.

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Stephen Powers.

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Jeff Koons.

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Carmen Herrera.

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Jenny Holzer.

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Marina Abramović.

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KAWS.

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