After vote narrows new SLC flag design to 2 teen finalists, mayor submits her own design

The two finalist flags (top).
Mayor Mendenhall's design (bottom).{ }(Salt Lake City)

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall is formally asking the Salt Lake City Council to consider her design for a new Salt Lake City flag.

This is despite a public call to artists this Spring to submit their own designs.

A Salt Lake City flag committee then narrowed down hundreds of submissions to eight finalists.

A news release from the mayor's office says:

The Committee convened once again to evaluate survey data, then narrowed the field of eight down to two top designs: one, a stylized black honeybee overlaying a golden honeycomb centered on horizontal bands of sky blue and white; and the other, a white and golden-yellow sego lily centered on an isosceles triangle of deep blue, under sky blue triangles."

The public was then asked to vote on those finalists.

Mendenhall's design takes key elements from the flags submitted by the two finalists, 18-year-old Arianna Meinking and 17-year-old Ella Kennedy-Yoon. "Ultimately it was decided that the blue and white backdrop - which could symbolize snow, the sky, the Great Salt Lake, and salt - would pair best with the Sego Lily, a flower indigenous to the area, and which symbolizes resilience," the mayor's office says.

Mendenhall says:

We’re in a once-in-a-generation moment of change and there’s no more perfect time for our City to unite under a new symbol that personifies and unites us all. I believe this is the design that can take us forward, together."

A Salt Lake City native who recently graduated from West High School, Meinking, who designed the Sego Lily flag, says

To me, this experience highlights what it means to live here. If I do my best to try to change the world around me, even in little ways, I can make a difference, and grow into that role."

Kennedy-Yoon, who designed the honeybee flag, was also born and raised in Salt Lake City and is currently a senior at West High School. She says:

I am honored to have my design chosen to be part of what represents Salt Lake City. This opportunity is encouraging me to make a difference. I hope this flag will grow to become a symbol of the kindness and community that Salt Lake City embodies."

The council will hear from Mayor Mendenhall on Tues. Sept 29, and the council will vote on adopting Mendenhall's design as the city's new flag.