A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate-to-be from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden, sees a new flag for the entire planet emblazoned in scenes around the world – and beyond.
In sharing the concept for the flag, Oskar shared that, “The blue field represents water which is essential for life – also as the oceans cover most of our planet’s surface,” describes Pernefeldt on his website. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet and the blue surface could represent the Universe.”
I believe that the creation of a flag to represent Earth is significant. If all of humanity could identify ourselves under one flag, then it might mean that we have started to embrace an identity that goes beyond national boundaries to one that is both global and planetary and more species-based. Oskar tried t visualise its use here:
Oskar also shared a video explaining how he derived the concept for this flag:
What is interesting is that the design of the flag looks a lot like the ancient symbol of the Flower Of Life.
The flower of life symbol can be seen in a few ancient sites such as Egypt. Possibly five patterns resembling the Flower of Life can be seen on one of the granite columns of the Temple of Osiris in Abydos, Egypt, and a further five on a column opposite of the building. They are drawn in red ochre and some are very faint and hard to distinguish.
The symbol is also used as a reference to show that many other ancient symbols such as the Sri Yantra, the Star of David, the merkhaba and the jewish kabala could be derived from it. Many reference its as a symbol of unity aka ‘as above so below’ and the union of man and divinity. Here are the symbols mentioned below:
So if you ask me, the choice of this as a flag seems rather uncanny and appropriate. You can research more about the flower of life, especially its adherence to the golden ratio and the fibonacci sequence.