The Flag Project
Apr. 1, 2023 - Dec. 31, 2022
The ROCKEFELLER CENTER, UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM and THE CLIMATE MUSEUM in NEW YORK selects Puerto Rican born multimedia artist, a South Florida resident via New York Frank Polanco as one of the participating artists of The Flag Project 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (March 31, 2022) – South Florida-based Puerto Rican photographer/multimedia artist, Frank Polanco is proud to have been selected as one of the participants in this year 2022-Rockefeller Center’s ‘The Flag Project’
Each spring, this collaborative art exhibit invites the public to submit works of art for consideration to be displayed on one of the 193 flagpoles that surround the Plaza. Flagpoles, traditionally festooned with the flags of nations recognized by the United Nations, will fly at Rockefeller Center from April 1 to May 6 to commemorate Earth Day and on June 5 for a special commemoration of World Earth Day. Environment.
The artworks celebrate “Only One Earth”, the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, showing our appreciation for the environment and how to live sustainably and in harmony with nature. The UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) and the Climate Museum selected the winning designs that will be transformed into ecological and biodegradable flags. This year’s Flag Project will also be the focal point of Rockefeller Center’s Earth Day celebrations on April 22 that will include free public programming with the Climate Museum.
For this competition Frank Polanco submitted a photo of a Turtle. Frank saw this image as a perfect sustainability exemplification suited for the exhibit. The photo titled by Frank, ’SAVE ME’ was captured during one of his many visits to The Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex in Boca Raton Florida. This organization rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick and injured sea turtles.
The capture of this photo was very special for Frank, since this enormous turtle living in a water tank in these facilities where it was being treated. The tank had a plexiglass window, Frank sat in front of it and waited for that special moment where the turtle, like a good model, gave its best pose. A pose that has captivated a large audience and now in this new project we believe it will captivate even more letting us know that we all need to do more to save them.
As a child living in his homeland Puerto Rico, Frank always remembers those photos and specifically a postcard that her cousins brought from Rockefeller Center after one of their family trips. Frank recalls been fascinated and mesmerized with this particular postcard with the colorful flags that adorned the Rockefeller Center.
“Being selected to be part of this project and specifically with a flag, a flag that symbolizes and carries such a special memories to him, and will represent one of Frank’s true calling to help save the planet is very special”
Frank was born in Arecibo Puerto Rico where he lived until he was 17 years old. Today he reminiscence his humble and carefree childhood. Once he finished his studies at Fernando Suria Chaves High School in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, Frank moved with his parents and siblings to the Big Apple, New York, where he began a new and completely different life. It was there that he first attended university to learn a new language and attended college.
Today. Frank lives in South Florida where he continues to reap new fruits while also helping others , specially his calling to help stray animals and the environment through his own 501 c 3 non-profit organization South Florida Lending Hands. He is also rooted and helps deeply invested in helping Save A Sato, an animal shelter in his native Puerto Rico.
If you live in NY or happen to visit the area, you’re invited to visit the Rockefeller Center during the month of April so you can see THE FLAG PROJECT exhibition be sure to look for Save Me, take a picture and tag Frank’s social media
SAVE ME is currently printed on large canvas and it is available for purchase. It can also be printed in any size. Shipping in the. US and PR available.
A percentage of any sales will be donated to Gumbo Limbo.