Smithsonian has high-tech flag for President's Day

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A multimedia artist is bringing his 12-foot American flag that's viewed with Google Glass to the National Portrait Gallery for a special President's Day weekend exhibition.

"Portrait of America" by New York-based artist David Datuna is the first artwork to use Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses, organizers said. It's part of Datuna's series of works entitled "Viewpoint of Billions." Datuna's "Portrait of America" will be on view Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the museum.

The flag installation is a collage made of plywood, newspapers and images of George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Lady Gaga and other figures. The top layer is made of hundreds of eyeglass lenses that give the piece a different look from different vantage points.

In an interview, Datuna said he set out to tell a story that reflects American culture, its freedom of expression and the innovators who push the country forward.

"It's about people who really created this country. It's about people who wanted to change this country, build this country," Datuna said. "I want to show the American culture, the American journey."

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