Seattle Street Flags

by Valerie Porter

Location: 40th Ave & University St.

One thing that I’ve noticed about Seattle’s urban environment that can be found on any street, are flags. Street Flags are located all throughout the city of Seattle on high street post. These street flags are used year round and constantly change. They are used for aesthetic appeal, to decorate the city. Street flags are made out of various materials. I’ve seen some of the flags made out of wood and others made out of a plastic material. I’ve observed street flags to have artistic shapes and others to have the typical rectangular shape. Street flags have many uses: wayfinding, art, promotion, and representing an area and people.

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