The Sky-Blue Waters Flag
How do we create a flag that represents the great state of Minnesota? We begin with the name. From the Dakota Sioux name “Mni Sota Makoce“, “The Land of Cloudy Waters,” sometimes interpreted as “Sky-Blue Waters,” we begin with a bold sky-blue field.
From our state’s motto “L’Etoile du Nord”, we add our North Star. The eight-pointed North Star espouses a compass, reinforcing its name. It also shares numerical symmetry with our state’s eight representative districts.
Representing our more than 10,000 lakes and many great rivers we add two balanced, rippled bars. We trim each element in gold to represent our richness in culture, history, education, economy, community and more.
The Minnesota Sky-Blue Waters Flag shares many benefits with other well-known flags by following the five basic principles of good flag design:
- Simple design
- Meaningful symbology
- Uses a few basic colors
- No Lettering or Seals
- Be Distinctive or Be Relative
Benefits of the Sky-Blue Waters Flag:
- It is highly visible, easily recognizable design, even from a distance
- It is simple
- Uses symbology the honors our shared native and pioneer history
- Shares heraldry with existing Minnesota symbology
- It is horizontally symmetrical, which prevents accidental inverted display, as often happens with the old flag
- When displayed canted on a ceremonial flagpole, the North Star is clearly and centrally visible