A marine aviator, Nam vet acquired a flag that was flown over the USS Arizona, along with a certificate of authenticity.
He wanted a suitable display – what I concocted may not be suitable, but it is handsome.
The traditional triangular shape of the folded flag was suggestive, and so I immediately arrived at a shadowbox frame with a peaked surmount.
This shadowbox would enclose, but not close off the relics: no glass on the front.
No glass, but how best to display the flag. A simple picture frame for the certificate would serve, but what for the flag?
Something clear, but malleable.
Acrylic – very exciting as I had never bent plastic before. This learning, combined with the use of scavenged bamboo flooring for the shadowbox frame, and redwood from a former deck completely aligned without motto here at JohnsonArts: Re-use, modify, adapt, quit at 3 for beers.
And so, over the course of six days, it came into being.
Remember Pearl Harbor.