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Switzerland, Zurich, Hechtplatz, July 2009

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The Swiss flag is one of the most typical European flags, in medieval times many European states used a plain flag with a cross.
The Swiss and the Vatican flag are the only square flags. The red field with a white cross is adapted from the flag of Schwyz, one of the original three cantons.

On Hechtplatz in Zurich Ardvanderlinden made a field of 1200 Swiss flags to spread the message "unity through identity". People joined painting and liked the event. There were no outstanding reactions on the actual flag and no one reacted passionately. The Swiss painters only transformed their flag in a formal way; making a different cross or a dot in the red field, not showing conceptual unhappiness with their lives.

After the event we handed out flags and send flags to politicians to spread our message "unity through identity". The day after, the second largest Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger published an article about our project.

Avdl Article Tages Anzeiger

Field of Swiss flagsStarting up ZurichInteraction painting ZurichPainting flags ZurichSwiss flagsHappy Swiss people
Roel painting @ ZurichField of Swiss flags IIPainting last flagsShowing Swiss flagOverview HechtplatzField of Swiss flags III
Man showing Swiss flagSwiss creativityHechtplatz ZurichGirls showing flagSwiss flag

User Reactions on Zurich, July 2009

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it was great to enjoy this event with my lovely family part from Holland. hope to see you soon.
By: Jill Hürlimann on: 2009-07-09

Tis weer fantasties jongens, het zal wel weer een zware week zijn geweest. Hart voor je werk, werk voor je bier. Ik verheug me er al op om je hier in Den Bosch te zien rond paraderen dan zet ik ook wel een paar vegen weg. Grote Groet Die Katze
By: Hans (Willem) de Katt on: 2009-07-07

It was nice to paint a flag-viel Erfolg
By: Andreas Brandt on: 2009-07-07

Mensenlief Roel en Martijn,
Dit is toch werkelijk weer genieten om zo te mogen lezen en zien waar je verblijven... Swiss... Prachtig! We kijken naar uit dat jullie naar 's-Hertogenbosch toekomen.. We hopen jullie te treffen, daar de vakantieperiode er ook voor ons aan zit te komen... Op goed geluk! Zullen we zeggen...

Warme groet, Willemijn
"We zijn allen vlinders en fladderen van bloem naar bloem"

By: willemijn Wiegmans on: 2009-07-07