“I began the process of designing a bid for the next Lincoln City Flag by reflecting on the emotions I felt when I first came to town,” said Mejia. Lincoln rises from the horizon, beaming with hope and optimism shared by longtime residents and recent refugees.
Other recognizable images in the design include a sunrise, the State Capitol, and an aerial view of the traditional downtown (the star located at 13th and O streets).
Teal green is a nod to Lincoln’s verdant tapestry of parks, trails, trees, and green spaces – and the home of the Arbor Day Foundation. Navy blue represents the underground aquifer, an abundant and valuable natural resource important to the region. Gold represents a bright future and a place where everyone is warmly welcomed.
The members of the ReFlag Lincoln selection committee were Francisco Souto, School of Art, Art History, and Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ed Zimmer, local historian; Alyssa Martin, Nelnet; Al Maxey, artist; Todd Ogden, president of the Downtown Lincoln Association; Suzanne Mealer, from the Ponca tribe of Nebraska; Whitney Hansen, AMA Lincoln; and Mairead Safranek, Lincoln Young Professionals Group. The committee reviewed over 6,000 public comments before making a final selection.