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image located by Valentin Poposki, 1 August 2019
Valentin Poposki posted this link to the website of the flag's designer,
Jarod Hamm (1). I found the city's story about the flag's development with an
image of the flag (2) and a photo of an actual flag (3).
Together with artist Ashley Ross, I worked with the residents of Green River, Utah to create a town flag. We began by surveying residents and researching town history, learning what symbols, colors, and shapes were representative of Green River’s past, present, and future. With this information in mind we sketched, refined, sketched some more, and presented 20 rough options to community members at a design workshop for the city’s downtown plan. From the community feedback, we designed three finalists, and I constructed a voting booth and website to tally the vote. The winner was determined by the citizens of Green River during the week of Melon Days, an over 100-year festival celebrating the melon harvest. One option was the overwhelming favorite among Green River locals and visitors to Melon Days with over 60% of the vote.
When consulting with the community, it was clear that their flag should include watermelon which has a longstanding tradition in Green River's agricultural history, and the Book Cliffs that define the town landscape. The flag begins with a wavy green stripe to represent the river and also pay homage to the famous Green River melons. It flows below a dusty red-orange silhouette of the iconic Book Cliffs. Above, big blue skies represent not only Green River's climate, but also its bright future. The star is split by the crossroads of river, rail, and road, referencing the town's identity as a waypoint, and the sections radiating from the center also give tribute to the missile base of the past.
Since the flag was announced, it has been adopted by the City and is flown outside Green River homes and businesses. In the future, the local quilt guild plans to create a larger quilted version to hang in city hall.
Masao Okazaki, 1 August 2019
image located by Paul Bassinson, 22 January 2020
Paul Bassinson, 22 January 2020