A flag for the community of Princes Hill Primary 2013


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RUSSELL, Stewart


A flag for the community of Princes Hill Primary

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digital print on polyester, nylon, synthetic cord, plastic

Dimensions (H x W x D)

125 x 250 cm

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Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with the City of Melbourne, 2013
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection
© Courtesy of the artist, image courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria


Helen Johnson, A flag for the community of Princes Hill Primary, 2013, Stewart Russell, Spacecraft, National Gallery of Victoria, NGV, City of Melbourne, Melbourne Now


This flag by Helen Campbell was created as a part of the public art project 'On top of the world: Flags for Melbourne series' that was presented as a part of the 'Melbourne Now' exhibition in 2013-2014. 41 flags designed by artists were displayed on flagpoles across the City of Melbourne and concurrently display in the Great Hall at NGV International. The project was curated by Stewart Russell of Spacecraft Studios.

"The site that I was given to work with was Princess Hill Primary School. One thing that I really noticed at the school was the proliferation of artwork – it’s really creatively oriented. I started collecting images, little areas of colour and pattern and shape from art works I encountered around the school. At the moment there are four hundred and forty-nine pupils so I collected four hundred and forty-nine little sections of colour and shape and decided to use those to work out the design. I started to think about (the design) as more complex idea of the way that communities form that ended up being a series of clusters and shapes – they’re sort of almost like cogs or something that butt up against each other and mingle with each other in the field of the flag." - Helen Johnson, 2013