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The public will soon get their chance to take a look at the more than 700 flags submitted for the City of Pocatello’s Flag Design Contest.
Starting February 28 at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the Marshall Public Library, residents and visitors will be able to view the 709 designs and read the symbolism of each flag. To kick off the public display, a ribbon cutting with the Pocatello Chiefs will be held.
“I still can’t believe we received so many designs,” said Logan McDougall, Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee Chairman. “To see the worldwide interest in the City’s effort to raise a new flag has been incredible.”
After viewing the flags, residents are asked to select three flags and briefly describe why they like the flag, what they would change about the selected flag if anything, and how they think it represents Pocatello in their opinion.
“There have been a few themes emerge but all the flags offer a different take on Pocatello and what our community means to each artist,” McDougall said.
The exhibit will also be part of Old Town Pocatello’s First Friday Art Walk on March 3. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the library closes at 6 p.m. Those who are unable to visit the display can view the flags and comment online at flag.pocatello.us. The display and website will run through the month of March.
Following the comment gathering period, the Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee will use the input from the public and a panel of experts to help create and select 10 designs. The committee will then conduct another public survey before a final design is presented to the City Council for adoption.
The library display will feature three flags from each category that have been chosen for recognition by the Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee. The flags that were selected either had design elements or symbolism that the committee felt capture the spirit of Pocatello. A list of the selected artists, their location, and category is included below.
Aviendha Asay – Pocatello
Julia Hlasny – Manchester, New Hampshire
Kade Hemsley – Inkom
Olivia Mussett – Amherst, New York
Ethan Anthony – Chubbuck
Josie Davidson – Pocatello
Samuel Dobchies – Beloeil, Quebec, Canada
*Mason Hobson – Pocatello
Meggen Miller – Pocatello
Jon Breker – Inkom
*Malik Burdan – Smithville, Ontario, Canada
*Eddy Lyons – Portland, Oregon
Todd Asay – Pocatello
Anthony Cadorniga – Brooklyn, New York
*Benjamin Ledford – Pocatello
*Denotes artist submitted multiple entries