Redesign of the Louisiana state flag: an underappreciated undertaking?
After years of slight variations dating back to 1912 (and even earlier), the state of Louisiana unveils their new official state flag. The new design restores a “bleeding pelican,” and claims to be a more historically accurate version of the heraldic “Pelican in her piety.” We often take redesigns for granted, so it is very interesting to read about the legislative actions put in place to facilitate this official unfurling of a new state flag. The symbolism has lineage linking back to Christianity, which is also an aspect to take notice of for the year 2010.
“…The new design was required by a bill passed by Rep. Damon Baldone, D-Houma, during the 2006 legislative session based on the historical research of Joseph Louviere, a Houma student, which indicated the existing pelican seal did not have the bird tearing at its breast. Historical descriptions of the blue flag include the three drops of blood, described as a sign of the state’s willingness to sacrifice itself for its citizens. The design goes back to medieval times, when people believed pelicans fed chicks with their blood…” —via The Times-Picayune / Nola
Regardless of the disputed historical accuracy and religious ties, this version looks more refined and the line quality of the illustration gives the flag a more visually appealing face-lift.