EU "Barcode" Flag Parody
According to news reports, European functionaries recently commissioned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to create a new logo for the EU. To capture the diversity and unity of Europe in a single image, Koolhaas put all the colors of the national flags of the EU's constituent states on a single flag of many vertical stripes. While perhaps laudable in theory, however, the resulting "bar code" design invites parody. So much so, in fact, that it would seem rude to decline. I thus offer a few alternative EU logos, each of which follows Koolhaas in using a representative sample of the colors on the flags of the states comprising the EU, albeit to express different characteristics of their union. (Click on the thumbnails to see the full-sized images.)
|A flag conveying the prevailing political orientation of the EU's governing elites:|
|A flag that speaks to the rationality of official EU policies:|
|This flag signals the clarity of EU bureaucratic proclamations (do not adjust your browser):|
|What glorious future awaits the subjects of the EU upon the final and complete union of all their governments? This flag says it all:|
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