The City of Scottsdale has named 10 finalists in a competition to potentially design the city's new flag. More than 260 designs were submitted, the city said. The public can vote for their favorite through Feb. 28. The public input will then go before City Council, who can decide to accept one of the designs or none of them. The design rules were: keep it simple; use meaningful symbolism; 2-3 basic colors; no lettering or seals; and be distinctive or related. VOTE HERE.
Artist statement: This flag design is based on a petroglyph originally found on the west side of the McDowell Mountains. The clasping hands symbolize the collaborative spirit that has taken place in Scottsdale through the years. The blue background is the same as in the Arizona and United States flags and reflects the municipal connection to the state and federal governments. The brown represents the color of Sonoran Desert and McDowell Mountains. The blue lines symbolize the canals and washes. The negative space between the clasping hands creates an “S” for Scottsdale. [Edited for length].
Artist statement: The flag consists of 4 red mountain peaks representing the McDowell Mountains with the Saddleback Mountain in the middle. The McDowell Mountain preserve is central to Scottsdale wildlife and resident activities. The weld-yellow sky is symbolic of Arizona’s beautiful sunsets. The blue at the bottom of the flag represents the Salt-River. In the center is Scottsdale’s official city seal, a rider astride a bucking horse, which symbolizes the deep roots in the old west and western activities. The Scottsdale flag resembles the Arizona flag in color scheme. [Edited for length].
Artist statement: The icons of the cactus and the mountain range were chosen to represent the beautiful horizons and mountain ranges surrounding Scottsdale. Highlighted are the breathtaking, radiant sunsets, represented by the blaze of orange and yellow. The deep royal blue was chosen to create a visceral connection to the depth of elegance within Scottsdale.
Artist statement: This design represents the natural beauty and desirableness of Scottsdale’s geography and desert climate. The flag depicts the sun rising over the mountains of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Old Town is represented with the iconic cowboy logo which is also utilized in the City’s logo, seal and current flag. The blue and gray are traditional colors that are prominent in the City’s logo. The “sun-ray” design is borrowed from the Arizona state flag to provide a logical connection between state and city
Artist statement: The middle of the fl ag features a sunburst in the middle of a pure white Giant Saguaro blossom, our state fl ower and a favorite of Scottsdale. Around the white fl ower blossom is a circle of bold deep blue and white rope representing our wild west heritage and lifestyle. The background is split horizontally with a golden tan on the bottom representing our arid desert landscape and a deep blue representing our year round beautiful skies. The blue is similar to our state, county, and country fl ags.
Artist statement: The blue triangle represents the McDowell Mountains as seen from a distance. The compass rose represents the travel industry. Its white color symbolizes the cleanliness of the city. The three stripes are arranged to represent a sunset. The red stripe represents the beauty of Scottsdale and the surrounding desert. The orange stripe pays homage to Scottsdale’s original name, Orangedale. The yellow stripe represents the abundant sunshine. The yellow and blue were borrowed from the coat of arms of the city’s founder, Winfield Scott. [Edited for length.]
Artist statement: Scottsdale, “The West’s Most Western Town”, is synonymous with relaxation, open spaces, natural beauty, blue skies, sunshine, luxury, amazing events, and warm, welcoming people. The American-flag/Arizona-flag blue at the top represents the 300+ days of clear blue skies. The luscious green at the bottom represents our verdant spring desert; the preserve and the mountains that surround our dale. The white symbol at the center is a simplified version of the city seal and is both a cowboy’s spur and a sun. It has ten points to spell out Scottsdale. [Edited for length.]
Artist statement: Having fallen in love with Scottsdale and moved here 3 years ago, these elements are why my husband and I are now permanent residents: the glorious sun, the stark blue sky, the undulating mountains and the magnificent flora. Sunshine makes people happy and should be a key element on our flag. In 1994, the first parcel of land was dedicated as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This vast treasure is a draw for locals and visitors alike as the largest urban park in the U.S. These 4 elements together make up Scottsdale’s new flag. [Edited for length.]
Artist statement: This flag design option portrays a version of the most prominent symbol of Scottsdale, in a simple but powerful form of the Cowboy and Horse. The blue represents the blue skies typical of Scottsdale and city color of blue. The copper represents the southwest, copper state, and the iconic sunsets.
Artist statement: Our stark blue sky creates a bold backdrop for our 48-square mile Preserve, making up more than 25% of the city limits. The outline of the mountain is meant to represent a portion of our 181 miles of trails. It’s only fitting to have a majestic saguaro on “West’s Most Western Town” city flag. Incorporated just in 1951, so many of the saguaros we see today were here well before then, thus becoming one of our city’s most loved icons