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Symbols
Symbols

© the artist. Photo credit: Nick Turpin, courtesy of Sculpture in the City

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'Symbols' is a sculptural installation consisting of 30 unique flags from the LGBTQ+ community. Spanning the original Pride Flag designed by Gilbert Baker in San Francisco in 1978 to its newest iteration by Daniel Quasar in 2018, the flags represent the diversity of gender, sexuality, and desire. The flags are standardised and ordinary, each 5 feet (1.5 m) by 3 feet (0.9 m), and hang equidistant to represent the equal value and potential each community group has in the world today. Following the recent death of Baker in 2017 and President Trump's banning of the Pride Flag at US embassies internationally, alongside the absence of Pride 2020 and increased hostility and violence towards the LGBTQ+ community, symbols celebrates the joy and freedom to love who you love while acknowledging the struggles these community groups have endured to gain visibility, human rights, and equality.

Sculpture in the City

London

Title

Symbols

Date

2019–2021

Medium

flags

Accession number

EC3V_SITC_SYMB

Acquisition method

on loan to Sculpture in the City, 10th Edition and 11th Edition, 2021–2023

Work type

Sculpture

Owner

The artist

Installation start date

2021

Installation end date

2022

Access

at all times

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Sculpture in the City

London, Greater London England

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