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Description of the flag
The original contest statement, by designer Tucker Stosic, states:
rich blue of the flag is representative of the state of Nevada, to which Reno
is a proud part of. The bottom notch of the circle is silver to represent the
silver mining boom in the area, which ultimately led to the rise of the city
of Reno itself. Above [lies] the bright blue Truckee, which is not only a
landmark of the area but essential drinking water to the current residents
and was crucial to the early settlers of Reno. Above that stands the Sierra
mountains, which are both a landmark of Reno and a provider of natural
resources to the area. They are outlined by the color gold, to represent the
rich desert Reno calls home. The star in the corner is the star on top of the
Reno arch, a symbol of Reno, unifying its residents under it.
James Ferrigan, well known vexillologist, was one of the 13
jury members [https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/03/19/]; during the final adoption session he explained that
the flag’s "identity is established through use and incorporation into the
city after adoption, not through it immediately looking like Reno" [https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/04/25] —
words of wisdom which, although obvious to vexillologists, need to be often
hammered in among the public.
The contest, which attracted "more than
2000 designs and 5000 public votes" [https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/04/25], was held in early 2018,
culminating with flag adoption on the city’s 150th birthday, April 25th.
Article [https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/04/25] says that five designs, among those many, had been selected
for a final choice (article [https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/03/19/] mentions 13 finalists, while listing 100
names of submitting designers; it might be a a mix-up with the 13 jury members,
but the latter site does include a gallery of 13 shortlisted designs).
While the public and the Reno Arts Commission voted it as 2nd, "the dark
blue flag with circular sunset, mountains, Truckee River and silver band with
star in the corner", was adopted unanimously at the April 25 council
meeting. Unusually, "Michael DeMartino was awarded $2,000 for first place by
the Reno Arts and Culture Commission, $2,000. Reno native Tucker Stosic,
whose design was made official, was awarded $1,000 for second place. Deitrik
Reed was awarded $500 for third place." [https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/04/25]
The designer of the now
official flag, Tucker Stosic, is a 23-year-old art director who grew up in
Reno. Jim Ferrigan worked with him in the development of the final
version, namely by codifying the color shades, "enlarging the circular symbol
a little bit, then moving the star inward to fix its proportion and position
to more closely resemble that of the Nevada flag."
Article [https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/04/25] states that this is the first official flag of Reno, and
that the previous flag, blue with map and city name was never adopted officially.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 May 2018
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 24 November 2005
A dark blue flag with a large white map of Nevada on the hoist side with a blue five-pointed star marking the location of Reno; on the remaining area, about 2/3rds of the flag, the word "Reno" horizontally centered set in very
large white sans serif extra bold capitals.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 24 November 2005
image located by Paul Bassinson, 5 October 2019
Paul Bassinson, 5 October 2019