PUBLIC ART

Joplin Flag Runner-Up

Title: Joplin Flag Runner-Up

Artist: Matt Speil

Location: Joplin Empire Market (931 East 4th Street)

Date Completed: 2017

Artist Statement: In the fall of 2016, a group of Joplin citizens came together with the intention of creating a new flag for the city. Community members were encouraged to attend design workshops, brainstorm, create, and submit their flag designs. Though it did not win, Matt Speil’s geometrical flag design was a favorite of many, and a finalist in the competition. A year after the Joplin Flag contest, Speil’s design was used as a mural to add a splash of color and energy to Joplin Empire Market’s office space.