Though admitted into the union in 1848 as part of the New Mexico Territory, Arizona did not become a territory until 1863 and Statehood wasn't achieved until February 14, 1912. So that means that 2012 marks 100 years of statehood for Arizona!
The Arizona state flag consists of 13 crepuscular rays of red and yellow on the top half, representing not only the 13 original colonies, but also the colors of the flag of Spain and depicting a "typical Arizona sunset". The copper star (orange here) in the center pays homage to the very important copper mining industry in Arizona, white the blue field represents liberty.
To celebrate our state's centennial, we built a flag out of LEGO bricks! My good friends at Bonanza Educational purchased the bricks and even designed the flag based on Ted Michon's American flag. The Centennial Flag is 7' tall by 10.5' wide with gold bricks forming the number 100 in the center of the star.
A lot of "scratch building" went on during the event. One of the guys was elbows deep into some trigonometric method of determining the placement and positioning of the crepuscular rays. After a few hours of watching him pull his hair out, two of us grabbed some bricks, looked at a flag and eyeballed it! This kind of building is both fun to watch, but exciting to do in the public eye.
Some of my work on display, this picture above was taken a couple of days before the opening. After the "media circus" ended on Flag Day, I reconfigured the display (below) by adding more panels and moving the entire display out a few feet to create a storage and "break down area" for unneeded flag parts that were built.
The Kachina Dolls made an appearance here as well. After all, what's more Arizona than Route 66, Barry Goldwater and Hopi Kachina Dolls?
Below is the Mayor of Tempe, Hugh Hallman (left) and Councilman Elect Kolby Granville (right) just before a TV news interview. Kolby was fascinated with the Strat!
Here they are during the interview.
Mayor Hallman felt compelled to not only stand in front of my work, showing it off for the camera, but he also took the portrait of Barry Goldwater off the panel and held it during the interview. Good move! Associate yourself with Barry Goldwater during an election year. This proved to me that the mayor was not only exceptionally cool, but savvy too!
Reporter Tess Rafols showing off a partially built logo I made for her ...she totally took credit for it on camera! Though she confessed to getting some "help".
The media event started on 6/14 at 4am and ended around 8am. None of us slept the night before and kept going until we closed the doors for the night at 8pm. I woke up at 8am on the 13th and didn't get to bed until about 9:30pm on the 14th... I was a ZOMBIE! I did manage to take a short and unphotographed nap on top of three very large bags filled with thousands of 2x4 bricks. It's A LOT more comfortable than it looks or sounds!
Brian, Jeremy, Steve and I putting the final section on the flag!
Mayor Hallman and I posing in front of the newly built flag with the finial.
Mayor Hallman installing the finial with Councilman Elect Granville. I wish I had the blooper reel for this. Not only did they mayor attempt to lift one of us onto his shoulders, the finial dropped at least four times and had to be repaired.
Jeremy, Me, Brian and Chris.
What a great time we all had! If you stopped by during the event, thanks for helping out and getting involved. We hope to see you at the next one!
Thanks to the rest of you for checking this out! And have a happy and safe Independence Day!