City of Orlando To Celebrate 142nd Birthday with Raising of New City Flag
Today, the Orlando City Council approved a new flag design for the City of Orlando. The flag was developed with the help of the Orlando community through a flag design contest launched earlier this year.
To celebrate the new flag, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioners, the Flag Design Review Committee and the flag artist, Tim Eggert, will join together on Monday, July 31st on the City’s 142nd birthday, and officially raise the new flag.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Orlando City Hall Plaza
400 South Orange Avenue
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Flag Design Review Committee
Flag Artist Tim Eggert
As part of the flag design contest, the City received more than 1,100 flag designs from 12 states and seven countries, including contributions from five local schools. The contest engaged more than 23,000 residents on social media, and the City received more than 10,000 votes and 2,200 comments from citizens as part of the contest’s participatory phases. Another 500 residents participated in the contest during a flag tour hosted by the City, displaying prospective flags in six neighborhood centers as well as Lake Eola Park and City Hall.
NEW FLAG SYMBOLISM
The new flag was designed with thoughtful symbolic imagery regarding the City’s rich culture and bright future. The winning design features the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain at Lake Eola Park, one of the most distinctive and recognizable symbols in the City of Orlando. The water ascending from the fountain represents the continuous flow of energy and innovation that makes Orlando a city on the rise. The six equal segments on the base of the fountain embody the city’s six commission districts. The iconic fountain is surrounded by the letter “O”, which symbolizes Orlando’s unity, connectivity and timelessness. The color yellow represents the sunshine, hope and happiness that thrive in our great city. The reflection of the “O” in the water symbolizes the City’s careful consideration of Orlando’s past and bold vision for the future. The flag is set on a two-toned background of blue and white representing patriotism, perseverance and peace.
NEW FLAG DESIGNER
Tim Eggert is a graphic designer for an Orlando-based engineering firm. He earned a B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Central Florida before moving to New York to hone his skills designing for luxury brands, non-profits
, and everything in-between. He continued creating art upon his return to Central Florida, and one of his sunset paintings is featured on an art box in the Mills 50 Main Street District. Tim Eggert currently lives in Winter Park with his wife, two-year old son and two rescue dogs.