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Anthony Burton

No. 1

[Burton Proposal 1]
by Anthony Burton

Consists in a field with ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of length quartered or divided in four alternating square’s stripes: blue on hoist superior canton and fly inferior canton, yellow on hoist inferior canton and fly superior canton. Completes the design a cross of the Order of Calatrava also quartered but in white (superior dexter and inferior sinister sections) and red (inferior dexter and superior sinister sections) but in this case the background space is white. Combination of the Argentine and FIAV’s colors, resounds one of the emblems of the Coat of Arms of Buenos Aires City.

No. 2

[Burton Proposal 2]
by Anthony Burton

Consists in a field with ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of length quartered or divided in four alternating square’s stripes: blue on hoist superior canton and fly inferior canton, yellow on hoist inferior canton and fly superior canton. Completes the design a cross of the Order of Calatrava also quartered in the same colors but contrasted with the field: dark yellow the superior dexter and inferior sinister sections and dark blue the inferior dexter and superior sinister sections. Combination of the Argentine and FIAV’s colors, resounds one of the emblems of the Coat of Arms of Buenos Aires City.

No. 3

[Burton Proposal 3]
by Anthony Burton

Consists in a field with ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of length with dark blue background and a dark yellow cross of Calatrava on the center. Combination of the Argentine and FIAV’s colors, rebounds one of the emblems of the Coat of Arms of Buenos Aires City.

As a complement, in a letter sends to Vexillologist Gustavo Tracchia, Mr. Burton notes the follows:

Since returning from the Congress and other travels in eastern Europe, and noting many excellent examples of the way heraldry and flagcraft may be blended, I have been able to give some more thought to a possible flag for the 21st Congress.

As discussed in Stockholm, although the effort will come from other parts of Argentina, it is the city of Buenos Aires that is to host. It is a city with rich heraldic traditions. The Congress flag might reflect that. It is also my personal view that in the professional study of flags we should discourage displays of brute nationalism.

With this in mind, the attached design is based on the Cross of Calatrava, taken from the Arms of the host City. Among the ICVs, there is good precedent for this approach to vexillo-heraldry. San Francisco employed the Phoenix emblem of that city. The flags of the two Congresses hosted by Zurich were based on the city flag, the most recent also used the red schwenkel bestowed on the city by Holy Roman Emperor. The flag of the 8th ICV made a feature of St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, the Barcelona Congress adapted the City flag. Capetown featured its famous Table Mountain. Overall, the first and perhaps preferred design of those here presented engages the blue celeste and white of Argentina, the gold of the Sun of May, with the blue and gold that are the FIAV colours. The Cross of Calatrava is of course deep red on the City Arms. I have thus introduced a fourth colour that adds richness to the banner (“gold” here means deep yellow – say PMS 109 or 116).

The idea of an entwined knot binding members together - the FIAV symbol - is also conveyed in the Cross of Calatrava itself, and in the way I have interchanged the four parts of the flag.

SUMMARY

The result is splendidly heraldic. I believe it conveys the richness of Argentine baroque while combining the colours (with some licence as to shade of blue) of Argentina, FIAV and the host city.

The supplementary pages show alternative colour and arrangements of this design, each with critical notes that led to my presenting Design A as the best of these.

With regards to purposes 2 and 3, Mr. Burton added:

“Combines the colours of Argentina, the Sun of May and the colours of FIAV with the knot of the Cross of Calatrava – but with the dominant red and yellow this version is rather too "Spanish".

The blue and gold designs on this page combine the FIAV colours with the gold of the Argentine Sun of May.

The central device of the Cross of Calatrava recalls the host City, Buenos Aires, and the knot of unity in the FIAV emblem.

Nº 4

A Flag to tango
[Burton Proposal 4]
by Anthony Burton

As a complement, in a letter sent to Mr. Gustavo Tracchia, Mr. Burton indicates the follows:

COLOURS

Azul celeste and white – the national colours of Argentina, host to the 21st ICV Rich gold (OPMS 123) – the Sun of May – national symbol of Argentina Deep blue and gold – Colours of FIAV

SYMBOLISM

In addition to combining the national colours of Argentina and FIAV, the crisp, simple lines and bright colours are inspired by the lively street decoration of la Boca – the district of the host city that is perhaps the best known across the world. As a flag and graphic device of contemporary style, it has a certain verve and bounce suggestive of a vibrant city, home of the tango.

The Golden disk is a double symbol. Its stands for the sun and optimism for the progress of vexillology.

Its position towards the masthead, but overlapping the panel of national blue also suggests the entire city of Buenos Aires and its location by the sea.

It is suggested that if a more ornate design were desired for the official Congress flag, a device emblem such as this, more economical to manufacture in quantity, might be used as supplementary decoration at the time of the Congress.

CONSTRUCTION DIAGRAM

For a flag of overall proportions 2:3, the light blue panel is a square of 10 units, the width of the dark blue panel at the mast, compared to the width of the white panel, is in ratio 2:3. The centre of the circle of diameter 4 units is found by the red line joining the mid-point of the mast-height (5 units) with the outer top corner of the flag. The line demarcating the light blue from the white panel bisects the circle”.

Franco Ricart Martínez

No. 1

[Ricart Proposal 1]
by Franco Ricart Martínez

Consists in a field with ratio 1:2; this is, two squares of length with white background where appears a yellow disk occupying the hoist-half and number twenty-one in sky-blue roman digits disposed on the fly-half. In answer to VENEZIMBOL request, his Author indicates that rebounds the colors of Buenos Aires city jointly with allusion to the sequential number which identifies the next International Congress of Vexillology. As complement, Mr. Ricart noted the follows:

Proposal No. 1

Ratio: 2:1

Pantone Colors: Blue= 2975c Yellow= 116c

It uses the colors blue and white for number XXI which indicates the one of FIAV’ Congress and the sun of the same flag, on white background, is referring to flag of Buenos Aires city”.

No. 2

[Ricart Proposal 2]
by Franco Ricart Martínez;

Consists in a field with ratio 1:2; this is, two squares of length with white background where appears a blue “V” with base on the hoist and extremes on the fly and a heraldic sun between the extremes of the “V”. In answer to VENEZIMBOL’ request, the Author indicates that he assigned to blue color the shape of a “V” for reminds Vexillology whilst enclosing also the elements which conforms the Argentinean national flag on the white background representing Buenos Aires city.

Mr. Ricart notes the follows:

Proposal No. 2

Ratio: 2:1

Pantone Colors: Blue= 2975c Yellow= 116c

It uses blue color from Argentine National Flag in shape of a “V” referring to the science of Vexillology whose letter englobes among its arms the sun and white stripe of the same flag. The rest of the flag is white referring to the color of Municipal ensign of Buenos Aires city, seat of the Congress.

Jose Manuel Erbez Rodriguez

[Erbez proposal]
by Jose Manuel Erbez Rodriguez

Consists in a field with ratio 3:5; this is, almost two squares of length horizontally divided in two stripes: sky-blue the superior one and white the inferior one. Completes the design a yellow sun on the center; a sky-blue and stylized “A” on the white stripe and a white “V” on the sky-blue stripe. In answer to a VENEZIMBOL’ request, the Author indicates that his design, tribute to colors and emblem of Argentina, was inspired on one of its most famous historical flags: the one of the “Ejército de los Andes“ (“Andes’ Army”) rebounding the initial of the name of the Host Country and initial of Vexillology; besides, the sun presents intentionally 21rays instead the customary 32 ones for remember the sequential number that corresponds to next International Congress of Vexillology.

Mr. Erbez notes:

Description

Flag with ratio 3:5, horizontally divided into two halves. Superior half in white color, with a sky-blue stripe forming an angle whose vertex agrees with the midpoint of the superior edge of the field and whose end points agree with the midpoints of the lateral edges of the field. Inferior half, in sky-blue color, with a white stripe that is the exact reflection of superior half stripe. On the center, a schematic sun in golden yellow color, with 21 rays.

Colors

Blue: Pantone 297
Yellow: Pantone 116
White: Pantone Trans. White

Meaning

The colors are the same ones of Argentine national flag, host country of the congress, and its disposition in two horizontal bands reminds one of the most famous Argentinean historical flags, the one of Andes Army. The blue angle on the superior half remembers letter "A", initial of Argentina, whereas the white angle of inferior half represents letter "V", initial of Vexillology. The sun remembers which is appears on the center of Argentinean flag, but represented in schematic form to avoid the use of a national emblem in a deprived flag, and their rays are 21 instead 32, since 21 is the ordinal number of the congress to celebrate in Buenos Aires”.

Zachary Harden

[Harden proposal]
by Zachary Harden

Consists in a field with ratio 1:2; this is, two squares of length horizontally whose blue background shows a number twenty-one in white roman digits disposed in this way: two “X” horizontally and the “I” vertically on the center. Completes the design a heraldic sun in the middle of the field. In answer to a VENEZIMBOL’ request, the Author comments that his design, homage to Argentinean colors and emblem, was inspired on the Flag of XIX International Congress of Vexillology which took place in York, United Kingdom, but trying to conjugate the sequential number which identifies the next International Congress of Vexillology, and the characteristic elements of Argentina’s Flag.

Mr. Harden notes:

I am honored to present a design for the ICV 21 Congress Organizing Committee. The idea of my design was based on the ICV 19 (York, United Kingdom) flag. I wanted to have the flag say 21 in a way, while still keeping the elements of the Argentine flag in it. But as I mentioned, it looked too much like the Scotish national flag. But the design created by Pascal Gross is a great design, and I congratulate him on it. (…) It is still my honor and pleasure to help the ICV 21 Congress Organizing Committee out.

Rafaél Yatés-Sosa

[Yatés-Sosa Proposal]
by Rafaél Yatés-Sosa

Consists of a field with ratio 1:2 ; this is, two squares of length with sky-blue background and a heraldic sun with ten of its sixteen straight rays enameled thus: two red, two black and two whites, disposed as much in superior part as in the inferior one. In answer to a request from VENEZIMBOL, the Author indicates the follows: "For the design of the flag of Congress No. 21 which will be realize in Buenos Aires Argentina on year 2005, was selected the Inca’ sun of Argentina Flag and sky-blue background, that is the national color of Argentina and a sun with Pre-Hispanic origin from Incan culture where some straight rays forms roman number XXI in red, black and white".

Raúl Jesús Orta Pardo

No. 1

[Orta Proposal 1]
by aúl Jes´s Orta Pardo

Consists in a field with ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of length with sky-blue background on which appears a white inverted triangle with base in the superior edge and in whose center rebounds a heraldic sun with four "love bow" knots and twenty-four rays: twelve flaming and twelve straights. Naturally inspired on Argentine Republic’ Flag, arranges its colors sky-blue and white in a configuration that alludes to a "V", initial letter of the word "Vexillology". The sun, Argentinean heraldic emblem par excellence appears enriched by four reproductions of the "love bow" knot: main emblem on the Flag of International Federation of Vexillological Associations - FIAV, whose XXI Congress is celebrated in Buenos Aires during year 2005 and that represented by the convergence of the knots which as cardinal points indicates the presence of worldwide Vexillologist in this magnum event.

No. 2

[Orta Proposal 2]
by Raúl Jesús Orta Pardo

Consists in a field with ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of length with sky-blue background on which appears a white inverted triangle with base in the superior edge and in whose center rebounds a Cross of Calatrava superposed to four gilded “love bow” knots, placed in saltire. Naturally inspired on Argentine Republic’ Flag, arranges its colors sky-blue and white in a configuration that alludes to a "V", initial letter of the word "Vexillology". The Cross of Calatrava, heraldic emblem which appears on the Coat of Arms of Buenos Aires City, appears enriched by four reproductions of "love bow" knots: main emblem on the Flag of International Federation of Vexillological Associations - FIAV, whose XXI Congress is celebrated in Argentinean capital city during year 2005. The sum of the Cross with the knots is similar to a Wind rose for remember the convergence of worldwide Vexillologist in this magnum event and the reach of its deliberations and agreements.

Raúl Jesús Orta Pardo 1 September 2004

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