Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times reports that German artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke called him up to tell him that they are responsible for the white flag that recently adorned the Brooklyn Bridge.
After the scoop, the piece is fairly thoughtful, you should go read it. Here’s Kimmelman asking about the piece’s Jasper Johns influence:
Asked whether they also had in mind Jasper Johns’s famous “White Flag” painting from 1955, whose enigmatic message has provoked its own speculation, Mr. Leinkauf answered this way:
“Johns painted objects of daily life, like flags. We are not comparing ourselves to Jasper Johns. But we do see buildings, bridges, and so on as the architecture of daily life, which often goes unnoticed.”