Last night Creative Time honored our very own Humberto and Carol for their “rich history of thoughtful collaborations with artists.” Simultaneously the evening debuted Pledges of Allegiance, a project originally conceived by Alix Browne and developed in collaboration with Creative Time, Cian Browne, Fabienne Stephan, and Opening Ceremony. Through amazing teamwork, various artists were asked to create a flag as a declaration for a set of values, helping us reimagine how we can all move forward ... collectively. Below we share how this project came to life.
You never know when you’re are going to be inspired, or what direction it’s going to come from. But when it hits you, it hits hard—especially hard during a time of social and political instability. Because sometimes when you feel lost, all you have to do is look up. This is exactly what Alix Browne (the curator behind Creative Time’s latest public art display) did.
On the roof of her apartment building in the Financial District, Alix Browne looked up at a 30-foot flagpole with a clear view of the Freedom Tower. The pole was brand new (as was the building) serving more as a ornament to the building than one with purpose. To Browne the negative space where a flag should be, stood out more than the barren pole—reminding her of something she saw weeks after the presidential election. Greenpeace raised a flag behind the White House with the words “Resist” written in bold black letters and an image of a sun rising behind the text. Encouraging Browne and many more to keep their head up not only figuratively, but literally. Days later, the same words would reappear over New York by an airplane flying a banner reading “We outnumber him! Resist.”