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Laprida District (Argentina)

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[Flag of Laprida] image by Ivan Sache, 20 September 2019
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About Laprida City

The municipality of Laprida (11,323 inhabitants in 2010; 344,500 ha) is located 450 km south-west of Buenos Aires. The municipality is composed of the towns of Laprida and of the villages of Pueblo San Jorge (417 inh.) and Pueblo Nuevo (36 inh.). The town's namesake is Francisco Narciso de Laprida (1786-1829), the lawyer and politician who presided the Congress of Tucumán, during which the independence of Argentina was proclaimed on 9 July 1816.

Laprida was established on 16 September 1889 as the merger of parts from the neighboring municipalities of Coronel Suárez, Juárez and Olavarría. The village was founded on a domain belonging to Pedro Pereyra; on 20 December 1890, a field was selected as the site of the future capital of the new municipality. Upon Pereyra's proposal, the land surveyor Adrián Philip was commissioned by the government to delimit the village, which was initiated on 24 March 1891 and approved on 8 May 1891 by the government. On 7 November 1907, Enrique Santamarina offered a plot of 2,330 ha to increase the area of the municipality.

Most of Laprida's official buildings (Town Hall, cemetery portal, slaughterhouse) were designed in the 1940s by the architect Francisco Salamone (1897-1950), in his characteristic, monumental Art Deco style. Salamone designed more than 60 buildings in rural communities of the Pampas, Laprida being the town with the highest number of his works.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 20 September 2019

Description of the flag

The flag of Laprida, inaugurated on 15 September 2019 during the celebration of the 130th anniversary of the town, was selected in a public contest organized in August 2019. A jury selected four designs among the 27 proposals submitted by local institutions (schools, sports clubs, cultural associations...). The inhabitants of the town were then incited to vote for their preferred design via Facebook.

The flag, designed by Mónica Azpiazu, was submitted by Centro Vasco (Basque Center), as "Lagunen Etxea" (The House of Friends).

The central element is a symbol of friendship, union and community. Its four colors symbolize the classical elements: water, air, fire, and earth; in a more symbolic interpretation, they represent the components necessary for belonging: a proper language, a religion, the earth, and a family.
The celestial blue and white colors of the fatherland form the upper limit of the municipality; the colors of nature - green, yellow, and sienna - form the lower limit of the municipality.
Green and celestial blue are the colors of the flag of the Province of Buenos Aires. The arrangement of the elements as proper stripes is a tribute to Salamone.

Ivan Sache, 20 September 2019

Previous flag proposal

[Flag of Laprida] image by Ivan Sache, 20 September 2019

Proposal No. 2 was submitted by Taller Protegido (Protected Workshop), as "Camino a la Felicitad" (Way to Happiness).

The lower, green stripe represents the fertile and extended plains; it is also a symbol of the commitment of the inhabitants of Laprida to ecology. The upper, green stripe represents the wide sky over the place. The horizontal, white line is a symbol of the stainless horizon. The "guarda pampa" [symmetric design found on Mapuche clothes] is a symbol of the gaucho and rural traditions. The vertical, gray and white stripes represents Salamone's Art Deco architecture, whose verticality massively emerges from the landscape's horizontality. The sun rays and the wheat spikes represents the protection supplied by the national sun, abundance and the prosperity of the land.

[Flag of Laprida] image by Ivan Sache, 20 September 2019

Proposal No. 3 was submitted by Club Atlético Lilán.

The design uses the colors of the flag of the Province of Buenos Aires, as a symbol of regional belonging. The linear silhouette represents the municipal building (see,_la_fuente_y_el_palacio.JPG?uselang=es), as a reference to Salamone and his works, so significant for the town. The tower is charged with the symbol of recycling, to highlight an ecological town committed to the valorization of the natural environment. The water drops represents the natural environment, the lake and the spa, which are the center of several sports, culture and tourist activities all the year round. The drops are shaped like the "islands" placed in the center of the swimming pool, of the El Paraiso complex (see The sun symbolizes the town's energy while the sunflower represents production and work.

[Flag of Laprida] image by Ivan Sache, 20 September 2019

Proposal No. 4 was submitted by the Sociedad de Fomento de San Jorge (San Jorge Development Society).

The flag's background uses two main colors: a quiet celestial blue stripe symbolizes the sky covering a natural green stripe, representing the immense pampa plain from which Laprida and San Jorge emerged. The connecting white line highlight the horizon's flat profile. In the center, the white silhouette of the municipality of Laprida is charged with the abstract and geometric representation of Francisco Salamone's fountain (see,_la_fuente_y_el_palacio.JPG), which serves as the town's central axis and square, surrounded by three big figures:
- green arrows, symbolizing commitment for the environment, recycling, re-use and reduction of contamination, for which the town is recognized as a regional pioneer;
- a wheat spike, as a symbol of production and work, grown in the plants since the time of early immigration;
- curved silhouettes of different colors, which dilute the rigid border of the circular figure. They symbolize each of us, plurality, diversity, and, above all, respect. The figures harmoniously twirl, completing the central twirl, as the abstraction of a united community heading to its future.
Oh!Laprida, 15 September 2019
Oh!Laprida, 29 August 2019
Oh!Laprida, 16 August 2019

Ivan Sache, 20 September 2019