There are those who see all human beings as “citizens of the world” where national boundaries are meaningless and we are all intertwined through global trade and commerce, as well as all being part of the same human race. As a species, we are sensitive to symbolism and flags symbolize common ideals, national origin, values and principles that we as humans can unite under in common cause and agreement. That being said, earth as a whole is far from unified on any set of principles and ideals that can be symbolized in a single flag.
That hasn’t stopped Oskar Pernefeldt, a soon-to-be graduate of Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden. His project sees a new flag for the entire planet emblazoned in scenes around the world – and beyond.
The minimalist design of the flag shows seven rings intertwining on a deep-sea-blue background, forming a flower in the flag’s middle. Simple but contemporary, the flag evokes the natural beauty of the Earth.
If you can’t imagine such a flag in use, Pernefeldt’s got you covered. In stunning scenarios envisioned by Pernefeldt, the flag could be part of an astronaut’s space suit, displayed proudly outside homes and waved at sporting events.
“The blue field represents water which is essential for life – also as the oceans cover most of our planet’s surface,” describes Pernefeldt. “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.”
Oskar Pernefeldt on designing the International Flag Of Planet Earth:
This is merely a design concept at the moment and not even being discussed as anything official, but what do you think? Are we ready to unite as a planet under one flag? Would having such a flag aid in developing that unity?