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Brian Jungen's People's Flag.


Photo Credit: Tate Photography

Darren Barefoot wrote to us:

Speaking of discarded clothing as art, I was blown away by Brian Jungen's 'People's Flag' when I saw it at the National Gallery in Ottawa. It’s an enormous patchwork quilt assembled out of used clothing, all dyed an extraordinarily tone of red.

Brian Jungen was previously featured in Neatorama, actually. Twice, in fact: for making whale skeleton from plastic chairs and Nike shoes sculptures.

Link - Thanks Darren!


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The clothes and houshold items were not dyed, and the flag was made in the gallery space where it was exhibited at the Tate Modern. The whole process was witnessed through the floor to celing windows of the gallery!
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The clothes are all second hand clothes gathered from both the UK and Vancouver, I believe. I'm trying to remember what I read on the description in the National Gallery. I don't think the clothes were dyed, just collected because of their color. The quilt was assembled by a group of people, making the process and gathering of people an aspect in the work. It's very impressive in real life, I'm glad it's been recognized here!
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