Wednesday 17 January 2007 1.13am
In case you were wondering who might have died ...
According to the newly revamped website of the Southbank [sic] Centre
it is an art installation...
THE HAYWARD FLAG PROJECT From January 2007, The Hayward is commissioning a series of flags that will fly from the 100-foot high flagpole at the edge of Jubilee Gardens
, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The project offers artists from around the world a chance to stimulate ideas and provoke reflection on a variety of issues, ranging from patriotism and national identity to pageantry and celebration.
Yinka Shonibare has created the first flag, which questions the world's current attitude towards peace. His plain white flag is a symbol of both peace and surrender, but, hung at half-mast, it suggests a peace that is either not yet fully recognised, or in a state of mourning.
Approximately four flags will be produced each year, and the raising of each new flag will include an accompanying performance that incorporates music, speeches, parades and poetry.