Peter Liversidge revisits his 2013 festival commission Flags for Edinburgh which invited buildings across the city to fly a white flag that reads HELLO. As we emerge from an extended period of isolation, and look to find new ways to be together, Liversidge invites organisations and communities across Edinburgh, alongside partner August Edinburgh festivals to send a collective greeting to each other and the wider world; with HELLOs flying from rooftops across the city, including libraries, hotels, galleries, museums, consulates, government buildings, schools and community parks. Alongside the project, the artist has created HELLO Postcards, a creativity kit for our DIY Art series - available to download for free here.
Flags for Edinburgh coincides with the launch of Liversidge’s Sign Painting Studio at Jupiter Artland, where members of the public can order a placard to be painted and take away for free, created with Jupiter’s ORBIT Youth Council, a group of 16 to 18 year olds recruited from every corner of Scotland.
The HELLO flag was flown across Edinburgh during the 2013 Festival, bringing its buoyant welcome to the skies above the city. An intervention within, and for, the festival that was and is dependent on place, and the elements to be activated. The wind and air currents coursing through the city buoyed the flag to fly and send its message, welcoming those who saw it and equally, many others who did not.
The flag is very simple: black text on a white flag, the text presented in Frutiger font (designed for Charles de Gaulle Airport), to be clear and highly legible at a distance. A white flag is internationally recognised as one of truce and possible reconciliation.
The flag is reimagined: it no longer represents some thing - a nation, a place, an institution, heraldry or advertising; it is a distillation of what a flag is, a simple greeting.
The re-presentation of the flag, at a time when we are emerging from lockdown, re-contextualises the flag, not to just welcome people to the city but equally welcoming those who live there back too; onto the streets, into buildings, into shops. Being together again. A simple HELLO. Peter Liversidge
Flags for Edinburgh, 2020
Peter Liversidge, Flags for Edinburgh, 2013 was supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
This re-presentation has been made possible thanks to the support of the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
Full selection of artist responses is available here.
Peter Liversidge (born 1973, Lincoln) lives and works in London. Recent solo presentations include Notes on Protesting, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2018) and Whitechapel, London (2015); Edifice, Complex, Visionary, Structure, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (2018); Working Title II, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); The Postal Objects of Peter Liversidge from the Collection of Peter Foolen, Centre des Livres d’Artistes, Saint-Yrieix-Perche (2017) and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2016); and doppelgänger, The MAC, Belfast (2014) and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Revolver II, Matt’s Gallery, London (2014); Classless Society, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, New York (2013); Proposals for Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2012); What you see is where you’re at, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010); The Fifth Floor: Ideas Taking Space, Tate Liverpool (2008); and Conversations, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2008).
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