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Irving, Texas (U.S.)

Dallas County

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[Flag of Irving, Texas] image located by Valentin Poposki, 11 February 2012



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Description of the flag

A white flag depicting the outline of a horse's head in brown, and the name below in black and brown. This flag can be seen in use on the city's web pages (e.g. www.cityofirving.org/161overlay/index.asp).


Previous flag

[Flag of Irving, Texas] 8:15 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 March 2008


Previous Flag

Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

The field of Irving’s previous flag is divided white over red by a horizontal curved line resembling a “lazy S”. On a field of 8 by 15 units, the line starts at the hoist’s edge about 1.5 units from the bottom and curves to the fly’s edge about 1.5 units from the top. In the center of the white field, 1 unit from the top edge and 1 unit from the hoist, is the outer edge of a narrow blue circle about 4 units in diameter. Within the circle is the city’s logo, a blue curved letter “i” rendered horizontally with a narrow white stripe across its mid portion, appearing much like a curved equals sign, the hoist portion higher than the fly portion. A large blue dot hovers over end of the fly portion.

The logo was officially adopted on 16 October 1975 and by extension, the flag was as well. While the flag is not specifically mentioned in the ordinance, it does state that the logo shall be “approved for all City of Irving purposes”. In a council meeting on October 1, the use of the logo on the city’s checks, stationery, and new city flag was specifically mentioned as examples of how the logo would be employed.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

The “i” is an innovative way to use the city’s initial. (It was not universally well received when presented to the city council, however.) The large dot of the logo symbolizes the Civic Center Complex; the wavy lines below represent Irving Boulevard (State Highway 356) that runs in front of city hall. The colors and their arrangement are said to echo the design of the Texas state flag. Irving is one of the few Texas cities without the “Lone Star” motif on its flag, although a small white star does appear on the logo’s blue dot on city stationery.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Selection

The logo’s development came about with the building of the new civic center that opened in 1976. It was felt that a new design was needed to represent the new space.
Flag adopted: 16 October 1975 (official).
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

Jim Scoggins, of the architectural firm of Grogan-Scoggins Associates, the architect of the new city hall.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003