Look out for Peter Liversidge’s Flags for Edinburgh, flying across Edinburgh’s rooftops this August

(Photograph by Stuart Armitt)   

Look out for Peter Liversidge’s Flags for Edinburgh, flying across Edinburgh’s rooftops this August.

In a city which doubles in size in August, Peter Liversidge’s proposal invites Edinburgh, visitors and residents alike, to join in a collective and universal greeting. In the artist’s own words, “a simple welcome across the rooftops. A buoyant, floating ‘hello’".

Liversidge’s white flags, bearing the text HELLO, will be situated throughout the city centre on flag poles such as those belonging to the Scottish National Gallery, Camera Obscura, City Chambers, the National Museum of Scotland and Summerhall.

Flags have long been used as a means to communicate – to assert ownership, admit defeat, display allegiance, or indeed request a parley, to drawn on the military use of the term. Liversidge’s project reminds us that in its simplest sense, the flag too is a form of hello, ‘a greeting, an indication of intent be that benevolent or with malice.’

Part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival programme of commissions, titled Parley, these white flags will be flying for the duration of this year’s festival (1 August - 1 September). 

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